Saturday, December 15, 2012

I am Time Loop

Can you imagine running into not just one but hundreds of yourselves all from different realities and times converging on one day and one spot for the universes most stupendous Party!!!

Allen Vandever will be asking Time Travelers to come back and rescue his art work in his latest version of Rescue or Destroy. Vandever will be bringing out the axe at Zhou B Art Center and destroying his work if no one decides to rescue it.

This event is in conjunction with other time loop events in Katmanduh, New York,
 Fargo, Portland, Seattle, Hawaii & Puerto Vallarta, Cairo & London. All events will be happening simultaneously and live feeds will be shown at all events

The details for this event are just beginning to take shape.

Streaming Live At

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Street Project Rescue or Destroy Miami

You can see the art work that will be up for Street Project Rescue or Destroy Miami on my FaceBook page in my album Street Rescue or Destroy.  here is a link to my facebook

and here is a link to the album

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This painting will be destroyed if you do not rescue it!

This December at Verge Art Fair Allen Vandever will be bringing you Rescue or Destroy, an interactive installation where it will be up to the public to rescue the artwork on display or witness its destruction. Each participant will be presented with a list of challenges to choose from and complete to guarantee the safety of one piece. If they are unable to step out of their comfort zone to spare whatever is on the chopping block, the art will be obliterated using various tools and devastating techniques. Vandever will also be bringing Rescue or Destroy to the streets of Miami for Art Basel. Random passersby will be presented with a work of art and asked to decide its fate on the spot: save the art with a donation or watch it meet its violent end. In addition to orchestrating these roving street performances, Vandever will be exhibiting from work from Team Art!, a Chicago artist collective comprised of Jason Davis, Mario Gonzalez, Jr. (Zore), Mike Reynolds, Elisa Sandoval, Sofia Moreno, and Katrina Petrauskas, at the Essex hotel as part of Verge Art Fair. He will also have a solo space at Verge featuring his new series titled OpErotica, a combination of Op Art and Erotica painted in an inwardly 3-D style that Vandever has developed over the course of his career.
1001 Collins Ave. & 1020 Ocean Drive @ 10th St. (across from the Wolfsonian)
December 6-9, 2012

Allen Vandever 725 w 18th st unit B Chicago il 60616 8475713813  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post From NewTimes Miami

Artist Allen Vandever Plans to Destroy Art Basel (Or Rescue It)

Allen Vandever
Allen Vandever
Art Chicago 2012 Next Rescue or Destroy
During Art Basel, Miamians take great pride in the art flying in from all parts of the world. It's a chance for us to show up everyone who thinks we're just a place for the Kardashians and Jersey Shore to capitalize on our nightlife and say, "Hey, we're cultured too." So we'll walk around sipping our fancy drinks and wear our stupid scarfs, even while we still have the low 70 degrees on our side. We'll take in the art, pouring our eyes over the many exquisite works on display.

But if you're one of the select few approached by Chicago-based artist Allen Vandever and his team of street canvasers, you might actually get the chance to do more than just look at the art. You'll have the chance to rescue it -- or destroy it.

Vandever will present random Basel goers with an art piece, letting him or her decide its fate right then and there. The person is faced with the daunting task of either rescuing it, by pledging a minimum donation of $10 and keeping it, or personally demolishing it.

"I prefer if they rescue it. A big part of it is myself letting go of my possessions...Everything from high school sketchbooks to collage photographs to collage paintings, drawings and prints and everything until now," Vandever said of the pieces up for destruction, all original works of his own.

Allen Vandever
Art Chicago 2012 Next Rescue or Destroy
Almost 300 collage pieces are made entirely from recycled art and personal belongings. Vandever makes a dozen at a time over a three to four hour period, 20 minutes to a half hour for each, and then coats them with epoxy resin and pigments them. It's an enormous body of work, time, and effort up for complete and total annihilation at the whim of someone who just happens to walk by.

Rescue or Destroy began almost two years ago when Vandever and his assistant, Mike Reynolds, were discussing the value of art -- who decides it and its place in the world. The first installment was made up of Vandever's and a group of his interns' work. This time, the art at stake is all his. Aside from the performance-based Art Basel walk ups, Vandever will take part in the Verge Art Fair as a gallery curator and exhibitor for Team Art! and the stakes are higher than usual.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mess is More

October 25, 2012
“Nothing Lasts Forever” at Rezidentz Collective
“I’m going to pick you,” said a glitter-green figure to my left.
“Sorry?” I looked over at a bald and bearded man, looming large, yet unintimidating.
“Pick one of these, or I’m going to destroy this painting,” said artist Allen Vandever, pointing to a list beside an abstract blue piece, casually smug. Twenty-one choices were typed under the heading “Rescue or Destroy,” including, 1. Kiss a Random stranger in the gallery, and not just a peck. 11. Buy a work of art in the gallery. 18. Give someone a foot massage.
“Okay, I suppose I can say the alphabet backwards while hopping on one foot,” I said, agreeing to the benign embarrassment.
Vandever’s project was just one part of the event at large, “Nothing Lasts Forever,” by the Rezidentz Collective. The collective’s manifesto of complaint proclaimed the “insatiable consumption of everything” in our “throw-away culture” leaves behind a wasteful mess. This collaboration of artists, situated in a working art space-cum-house on South Morgan in Bridgeport, promised to help “make sense of the mess.” The creative commune gathered artists and friends for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and friendly discussion of their latest projects.
The longest-standing member of the collective, George “Sunny” Keller, wasn’t fazed by the commune’s ambitious ideals. Sunny has lived in the building for three years, working a regular job and selling his art only to recoup the costs of making it – “otherwise it would just pile up.” The Rezidentz Collective wasn’t always as active as it is now. “It was originally just a group of friends, and I was the only one doing art,” he told me, smiling over his PBR. “It’s been a mixing group of people in the space, and now we do a theme-based show every month or two.”
A girl with light yellow hair sidled up next to him, clearly amused. “Sunny, there’s a woman that wants to buy your piece.” He offered a garbled wave at a nervous guest, and then walked over. I moved towards a girl coming from behind the main attraction of the show – a giant rectangular frame with strings connecting about 50 roughly sewn stuffed-animal pelts.
Kristine Shulke, the piece’s creator, was outwardly bohemian, with short black hair, bright red lipstick, and large spiral gage earrings. She was exploring the “fine line between brutality and beauty,” touching on subjects that normally make people uncomfortable. Although she grew up around hunting and taxidermy, the project still wasn’t natural to her. “It’s really weird psychologically speaking, cutting up really cute stuffed animals,” she told me, looking guilty. The stuffed animals were all bought in thrift stores and then sewn into a canvas, leaving behind a large pile of white filling.
I asked if Shulke had a certain message in mind with the piece. “I like the feeling that they evoke,” she told me judiciously. “It’s better when there’s no clear answer… it’ll stay with you longer.” Here, the theme of consumption and waste shone through brightly. Children grow out of their old favorite comfort object and cease to care, much like we care little about the work of a pleading artist or the change falling through our hands.
“…So here goes,” I heard behind me, turning just in time to see Vandever shoving his knee through a canvas. The room watched him in bemused silence as he pulled apart the frame, throwing pieces on the ground with histrionic relish. It was time to make sense of the mess.
Rezidentz Collective, 3145 S. Morgan St. Fridays, 6-10pm

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This is the online competition that I won last year thanks to your votes I hope I can count on them again. Please take a moment and vote I really appreciate your support. You can vote on each painting once a day. Here is a link to one of the works I have about twenty works you can go to vote  and search Vandever to see the rest. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

This thing we call the art world is one of the craziest  places I have ever been. Some times I love it and think it is the most amazing place I have ever been and other times I hate it and think it is one of the most fucked up place I have ever been

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bring Rescue or Destroy to Miami Basel

I will be Bring Rescue or Destroy to Miami. During art Basel Miami this Dec I will be Showing at VERGE art fair.and will also be bring a street team to bring Rescue or Destroy.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


       OpTwister 24in by 60in Acrylic, Epoxy Resin

 I wanted to share my new series OpErotica with you. I have been studding optical illusions for the last couple of years and have been trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my art. I Finally figured it out with combining op-art and erotica to create OpErotica.

OpOrgasm 48in by 36in Acrylic, Epoxy Resin

OpOrgasm is my most successful OpErotic painting. When I look at this work it creates a physical feeling that ripples threw your body makes you feel that moment before orgasm you can get the idea from this small image but when the paint is almost as big as you the felling overwhelms the hole body.

 OpLiquid 36in by 48in Acrylic Epoxy Resin 

OpDream 48in by 36in Acrylic, Epoxy Resin   

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mike Reynolds Rescue or Destroy

 Justin Bieber as iconic women of the Renaissance
10in by 8in Oil and gold leaf framed $800 to Rescue or $1600 Destroy  

My Good friend and great artist Mike Reynolds has joined Rescue or destroy with one of his portraits of Justin Bieber as iconic women of the Renaissance. I highly recommend checking out his blog were you can see all of his Justin Bieber spoofs .

Monday, July 9, 2012

Child Hood Influenced Rescue or Destroy

I was an avid reader of National Lampoon and Mad magazine as a child this was one of my favorite covers. It was one of the inspirations  for Rescue or Destroy I will never grow up.

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Rescue or Destroy

Disco 24 by 18 acrylic, epoxy resin  $1600

I relinquish conscious control over my limbs, my mind drifts back into the periphery, allowing a primal call to create the motions of my body. The mind becomes quiet, and I behold the glorious interweaving patterns and colors breathing and colliding in vivid translucence. My skin ignites with burning energy, growing hotter and hotter until I burst into flames. My body extends out to the furthest reaches of the flames, where I burn even hotter, fueling the conflagration. Steadily, I become a pillar of flame, ascending higher and higher over the earth. And from this height, I have the vision of a million worlds.
When the mind and body ascend into another plane of sight and existence, the sensations are beyond what is conceivable in the existing material world, so the words fail me, and I can only describe it as ‘other-worldly.’ In my experience, I have been able to reach this lucidity through direct mental meditation-in a waking or dreaming state, indirect meditation-often brought upon by the trance-inducing power of sex or dance, and with the use of psychedelic drugs. All have played a profound role in weaving my transcendental experience, guiding me to realize the infinitely complex dimensions of the human mind and spirit.

This painting has till the end of July or it will meet its end unless you rescue it

Monday, June 25, 2012

Don't like Destroy It

I do not promote this but thought it was interesting what extremes people will go to if they disagree with something.

Woman Arrested in Colorado After Destroying Artwork

A Montana woman was arrested Wednesday at a Colorado museum after she destroyed an artwork that some observers say depicts Jesus engaged in a sex act. The Denver Post reported that Kathleen Folden of Kalispell, Mont., was taken into police custody after she entered the Loveland Museum/Gallery in Loveland, Colo., and destroyed a work called “The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals,” a lithograph by Enrique Chagoya. The police told The Post that Ms. Folden had used a crowbar or similar tool to break the plexiglass in front of the work and then tore it up. She has been charged with criminal mischief, a felony punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.
For several days the museum has faced protests for displaying the work, which also depicts comic book characters, images from Mexican pornography and Mayan symbols. The Post reported that Daryle Klassen, a Loveland city councilman, objected to the display during a council meeting, calling it “smut” and adding, “That’s not what our community is about.” Some Roman Catholics in Loveland had also sought to have the work taken down.
Mr. Chagoya, a professor of art and art history at Stanford University, told The Post that the lithograph was a commentary on revelations of child abuse by Catholic priests.
“My work is about critiquing institutions and politics,” Mr. Chagoya said. “I wasn’t trying to portray Christ; it’s a collage of cutouts from different books.”

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Letting go of your Ego

What does Rescue and Destroy have to do with letting go of ones ego. Every Thing, to let go of ones sacred possessions such as ones art that we as artist use to define our selves. Not to be afraid to ask for what we need because the ego is afraid of being hurt.

Your ego makes you feel entitled to get things you deserve. So what do you deserve? You deserve all the things you ever wanted of course. The problem is if that thing you want is in conflict with social conditioning. We wait to be discovered or we are afraid to ask for what we need because we are afraid our ego will be damaged. Letting go of the ego and not taking undesirable outcomes personally… but there is so much to be gained from it.

Many times has my ego grown to big and blinded me of my reality and true path. Rescue or Destroy helps me let go of my ego and take risk and to be willing to let go of things that I hold important. Becoming aware of your ties to ego based consciousness, recognizing and releasing the emotions and thoughts that go with it: the middle of the end

The ego is a limited belief system within our minds that we have molded and identified as being who we are. The ego survives by establishing boundaries, borders and limits on everything it sees. The defining of such boundaries, borders and limits gives it the illusion that it can tell us what is right and wrong, all in an effort to control us by instructing us on what we are and are not, how we should act and not act, and why we should judge those who challenge it; the status quo. We are taught the right and wrong 

Friday, June 22, 2012


Anti-art is a loosely-used term applied to an array of concepts and attitudes that reject prior definitions of art and question art in general. Anti-art tends to conduct this questioning and rejection from the vantage point of art.[1] The term is associated with the Dada movement and is generally accepted as attributable to Marcel Duchamp pre-World War I, when he began to use found objects as art.[2]
An expression of anti-art can take the form of art or not.[3][4] In general, anti-art rejects only some aspects of art. Depending on the case, "anti-artworks" may reject conventional artistic standards.[5]
Anti-artworks may also reject the art market, and high art. Anti-artworks may reject individualism in art.[6][7] Anti-art may reject "universality" as an accepted factor in art, and some forms of anti-art reject art entirely. Depending on the case, anti-art artworks may reject art as a separate realm or as a specialization.[8]
Anti-art artworks may reject art based upon a consideration of art as being oppressive of a segment of the population.[9]
Anti-art artworks may articulate a disagreement with the generally supposed notion of there being a separation between art and life. Indeed, anti-art artworks may voice a question as to whether "art" really exists or not.[10] "Anti-art" has been referred to as a "paradoxical neologism,"[11] in that its ostensible opposition to art has been observed concurring with staples of twentieth century art or "modern art," in particular art movements that have self-consciously sought to transgress traditions or institutions.[12] Anti-art itself is not a distinct art movement, however. This would tend to be indicated by the time it spans—longer than that usually spanned by art movements. Some art movements though, are labeled "anti-art." The Dada movement is generally considered the first anti-art movement; the term anti-art itself is said to have been coined by Dadaist Marcel Duchamp around 1914, and his ready-mades have been cited as early examples of anti-art objects.[13] Theodor W. Adorno in Aesthetic Theory (1970) stated that "...even the abolition of art is respectful of art because it takes the truth claim of art seriously."[14]
Anti-art has become generally accepted by the artworld to be art, although some people still reject Duchamp's readymades as art, for instance the Stuckist group of artists,[2] who are "anti-anti-art".[15][16