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Kali

Still working with fire: gunpowder, torch, and wood burner. Maybe if I use all of the destructive materials in the world for art there will be none left for destruction. This is a detail of a lovely girl, Gianna. She is the second head of my version of Kali, the destroyer of evil and sin and ignorance.







The piece is really about me, the sins and evil I've committed and the ignorance that, well, I don't know about. Together the… Continue

Added by Mark Runge on December 5, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Diana and the Hound

I am thrilled with the process of drawing with gun powder. And I've finally realized a way to use the gun powder as if I am doing a TD. The process is different because I throw the gun powder on the paper and light it, and then continue to do that until an image comes to the paper. I lose the continuity of drawing directly onto the paper, so it is still not as free as doing a TD, but I am close to being able to do free play with gun powder and like… Continue

Added by Mark Runge on April 17, 2008 at 5:21pm — 2 Comments

This is the fourth of five drawings with gun powder, torch, and wood burner that I've done. The fifth one isn't done yet, but it is called Diana and Her Hound. It is beautiful, and I hope to finish i…

This is the fourth of five drawings with gun powder, torch, and wood burner that I've done. The fifth one isn't done yet, but it is called Diana and Her Hound. It is beautiful, and I hope to finish it without wrecking it. This drawing, Tankers' Nightmare, has heavy content for me, but I feel safe sharing here--just as I did at the Gathering I attended.

I, and perhaps every person who has sat in a tank, is the guy on the left…

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Added by Mark Runge on November 1, 2007 at 5:06am — 1 Comment

Safiya

I finished the biggest burning yet, and it is gorgeous. The piece measures 60"x40", and I burned the image onto the paper. My idea came from a story, which seems to be historical, that I found concerning Safiya. I took the idea of shame, which she reportedly did to the…

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Added by Mark Runge on October 11, 2007 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

Powder and such

So I started using gun powder to burn with. I start by spreading powder all over the paper and lighting it. Then I do it again. Then I let the images ask (or sometimes scream) to be let out. Then I keep working the image like an etching, only in reverse. I love the softness that I can achieve.

And I have to let go. There is little control in the process until the details are put in. This is very similar to TD in that you make the marks the universe guides you to and you dress up what…

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Added by Mark Runge on September 25, 2007 at 5:11am — 3 Comments

Burnings

This is a burning that I did. All of the tones are made with heat. It is 30"x22.5" on watercolor paper. I want to use natural combustible compounds so that I have less control over the process, so I am open to material suggestions. I don't want to pass on art with gasoline, etc., so I want good spirited compounds or materials.

Smiles to all.

This is the second burning I've done. I am excited by the process and the outcome. I am…

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Added by Mark Runge on August 28, 2007 at 5:06am — No Comments

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