Painting, Photography, + Pyrotechnics: Explosive Art For The 4th Of July

Last year I rounded up the work of five artists for Come On, Let Your Colors Burn: Fireworks Art For The 4th, and I'm excited to have two new artists to add to that festive lineup, one of whom works with actual fireworks.

Jules De Balincourt creates immensely colorful and thought-provoking paintings, including a few powerful images of fireworks (images 1-4). As described on AnOther Loves, "This new body of painting work addresses the uncertainties of contemporary human life. The viewer may be unable to discern whether the burst of color over the ocean in Fireworks signals a celebration or an artillery explosion." I find them rich, beautiful, and slightly threatening. 

Ross Sonnenberg is a photographic artist who pushes the limits of what photography can do. For his Color Bang series, he used "fireworks for my light source to make one-of-a-kind, camera-less images directly onto color and black and white photographic paper". The results (images 5-7) are stunning and remind me how much I love the photographiness of photography, the quirks of the paper and chemicals, the surprises that are in store. His Color Bangs, as well as the larger Long Bangs, capture the explosive quality of fireworks while looking nothing like the shimmering, dripping fireworks we ooh and aah over in the sky. These allow us to see the raw power of fireworks, a tiny glimpse into the massive power of supernovas and the Big Bang. 

(All images as credited above. Ross Sonnenberg's work via DesignTaxi)