Mixed media OilGraph with graphite, gun powder and blood on wooden panel // 16x24
The first gun powder piece.
December 16, 2016.
This is one of those pieces that waited for it's time. Originally Kevin was going to make this for Artwalk but simply ran out of time. It was no accident. In the intervening time he got inspired by the incredible work of Cai Quo-Qiang and having always wanted to incorporate fire (and danger) into the work, he finally did.
There's always a period in an artist's career where they don't know what to do next. What is the new thing? You can't force it. It comes from outside of you and decides when it will arrive. At least that's been Kevin's experience. Printed in the morning, glued down the prints in the afternoon, did the underpainting and then came the new voice. Fire finally had a say. And it was for him it was summing up his feelings about 2016 and where we are at as a nation.
Thanks to Greg Edwards for the fire assist and videos and the incredible Athena Demos for yet again being the powerful woman she is.