Thursday, April 17, 2014



Werm vs DMN Ology 

Hip Hop Rescue or Destroy

This Saturday Rescue or Destroy takes it to the street. Werm and Dmn Ology face off in a hip-hop, spray-painted mash-up between two quintessential hip-hop artists.

Werm is a rapper, a painter, a teacher, a father….he says, “My art form started with a passion for graffiti and ended up with a talent for art.” The spray can has been replaced with an airbrush and an eye towards fine art.

DMN Ology started as an MC for rap events right out of high school until he started running with graffiti artists, Zor, Raffa, Raven and the like and took up painting. “Wow! An MC that wants to paint!!” They taught him well. Since then he’s traveled the world doing what he loves.

“Now I just have to figure out how to do it onstage while I’m rapping.”

Ah, imagine…the sound...the spray paint. 

I AM THE AX MAN


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This painting will be up for rescue or Destroy April 19th. This was inspired by japanese tsunami in 2011.Bonsai Tsunami acrylic on canvas 30in by 48in the gold fish are 3D. If you would like to save it fill free to make an offer It retails around $4000. I do consider all attempts to rescue it fill free to make an offer you can afford. barter, trade, payment program or combination of these are also considered.

Monday, April 14, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDocPklZV6w&feature=youtu.be

Check out DMN Ology interview. See DMN and Werm duke it out this weekend. April 19th at Gallery Bar in Chicago.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Birtday Allen!

It was another smashing evening at Rescue or Destroy last Thursday as Jim Riggs and Franklin Riley proved that every single vote makes a difference. Franklin's airplane triptych eked out a win over Jim's Buddha with a mere four vote lead. The final tally - 38 to 42 and the Buddha was destroyed.

Also, Allen Vandever, the Axman, the Destroyer and art purging enthusiast celebrated his birthday in a frenzy with a record number of guest artists.  A total of 32 works of art faced the chopping block. Twenty five were rescued and only seven were destroyed.

We hope to see you on Saturday, April 19th when Rescue or Destroy takes it to the street (art) with street artists DMN Ology and Werm. Not to be missed. 




Saturday, April 5, 2014

AND THE WINNER OF BOUT 4 IS **** FRANKLIN RILEY*** Another close competition Franklln Riley 42 votes vs Jim Riggs 38 votes. a Record number of art works were put up for RESCUE OR DESTROY last night 25 rescued and 7 destroyed. every one seem to be having a great night at Gallery Bar and enjoying Rescue or Destroy.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Allen Vandever Threatens to Destroy Chicago Art Scene


Photo by Alamo Art Studio

Allen Vandever - The Destroyer

Is he a monster or a modern day visionary? Allen Vandever has been called both.  He’s six-foot-three, bald, hulking figure who wields an ax and is not afraid to use it. He’s been spotted around town with an evil grin while hacking art work into tiny pieces.
“ I seek to inspire the idea of renewal through regeneration. I seek to be reptilian: primitive and cold-blooded like the snake. I seek the creation of something distinctly new through the destruction of the old, for often times such objects have a way of stifling our minds and creative energies." 

Vandever is the brainchild behind Rescue or Destroy, Chicago’s latest art happening, which has been shaking up art lovers this past month at Gallery Bar in River North. 

Rescue or Destroy is a bi-weekly art tournament featuring 16 Chicago-based artists. Each artist brings a piece to the competition and the audience decides which will be rescued and which will be destroyed. The “rescued” work goes forward in the and the piece slated for destruction could face the chopping block. However, anything could happen and always does

Rescue or Destroy returns to Gallery Bar on Thursday, April 3rd featuring Abdel Morched and Jim Riggs and a slew of guest artists. The show starts at 8:00.

Do your part to support the arts. Show up and vote. Save art from the ax. Vandever has no mercy.