The Art Gallery at Yahara Bay Distillery is proud to feature the exciting work of Stick Vega in the month of June 2017! A gallery opening reception will be held for Stick Vega on Saturday June 10th, 2017 from 12-4pm at Yahara Bay Distillery and Event Center in Fitchburg, WI. Guests can enjoy an artist meet & greet, samples of our hand-crafted spirits and are welcome to schedule a tour online. Guests will also can view the artist at work during a live demonstration.
The gallery opening reception is free to the public and will also feature a cash bar offering craft cocktails during our first annual car show. Stick Vega’s work will be on display at Yahara Bay Distillers Art Gallery for the entire month of June 2017.
About the Artist:
Stick Vega works with gunpowder to create primitive, modern and explosive art. Through a multi-step process of laying fuse, gunpowder, stencils, paint, and scraping he creates his paintings in a sudden burst of energy that unites the shapes, color and texture. He believes that when the fuse is lit, there is anticipation. Anything might happen. It is at that moment that true art exists. He was born in Viroqua, Wisconsin and studied at the UW - Madison receiving a BS in Economics and Mathematics. In 1988, He obtained his MBA from Edgewood College. For over 20 years he was owner/CEO of WinterSilks and President of Venus Sportswear. In the mid-90's he began painting with acrylic as a way of escape. In 2006, he discovered the use of gunpowder and high speed fuse to burn and char artworks through the work of Cai Guo-Qiang. He sold his companies, retired as CEO, and exploded his first piece of art. He created and blogged from his studio - The Blast Factory - in Madison, Wisconsin. He presents his art, story and explosions at stickvega.com. He wrote and released his first book, LESS KILLING, in 2015. A portion of his sales each year go to the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence.
Artist Statement: "I am best known for using gunpowder and high-speed fuse to create figurative and abstract paintings.
In short, I blow things up. I hope they look cool. I hope they evoke emotion. I hope they depict the energy and chaos of the explosion. My style is often characterized as “Pop” expressionism. My mission: “The more gunpowder I use, the less there is for killing people.”
My explosions transform popular themes such as income inequality, sexuality, nature and violence into conceptual and minimal art. These meticulously planned works burn and resonate with images culled from common objects and ancient drawings. My work is charismatic and systematic and has a warm (pun intended) and primitive imagery. My work often refers to pop and mass culture. I create a world where rules are blown to bits. With a subtle minimalistic approach, I want viewers to see and contemplate my work step by step. My art features uncertain, accidental and unexpected connections due to the unpredictable characteristics of gunpowder. When I light the fuse. There is hope. I combine drawings and paintings with fire and heat lead to surprising, energy-filled works. My art is created violently to reduce violence."