Thursday, May 31, 2012



The first month of Rescue or Destroy has ended. And Deep Water was rescued with 11 hours left. It has been an exciting first month lots of great feedback and new contacts. A great experience for me, it has made me dig deep into what it is I am doing with my practice. Reinvigorated my belief in what I am doing with my life. A big thanks to April Lynn for saving Deep Water. And this is only the beginning. For the month of June I am putting Weight of the city 1, 18in by 24in Acrylic and Epoxy Resin.  

Sunday, May 27, 2012


Almost threw the first month of Rescue or Destroy, its time to think of the unthinkable destroying my artwork. How will I destroy Deep Water; Power tools, Axe, hammer, gun, fire, car, gravity, there are so many ways. If you can think of a way I am open to suggestions. In fact why don’t we make a competition out of it how ever comes up with best way to destroy Deep water will receive a piece of the destroyed painting. Just put you idea in the comment box and I will choose the best one.

There is still the possibility that someone saves the painting but time is running out so its best to be prepared. I am also looking for a venue, ideally an event that I can piggy back on for the destruction of Deep Water.
Deep Water 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400

You can see more of work at try and figure out which paint will be on the chopping block next month.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ten Reasons Why I am Doing Rescue or Destroy

Ten reasons why I am doing Rescue or Destroy

What is the value of art?  Who decides which art is valuable and which art is not?  I was at a friend’s house this weekend and she was selling every thing for a dollar!  Yes, one dollar!  And people were still having a hard time buying her work and these were nice painting and I am very particular about paintings. It is hard as the maker of the art to decide what art is good and which art is not up to par. I wish to weed out what I have produced.  Letting the audience choose what will be rescued and which will be destroyed is a way of monitoring my progress & determining which artwork would be considered valuable.  It will help me decide if I have made the right choice in pursuing to be an artist.

To shine a light on the importance of art. I want people to look at art in different way. To give them something to think about.

I am tired of people saying they’re going to buy something.  Keep you on a string for and months and months but actually don’t. So now there is no next month there is only now if you don’t buy I destroy it. To make a living as an artist people have to buy your work.

It is hard to know if other people actually respect your work? What value does it have to them?  Is there a place in this world for my art?

One can only have so much of one’s artwork.  And my studio is over run with paintings.  I need to make room for more work.

I had a college professor who had a basement full of artwork. I will not have any artwork that is not hung on my walls!  I refuse to have my work collecting dust in my basement. My work will hang on walls and be viewed by all or it will be destroyed.

It is also a great way of getting people attention to look take notice of what I am doing. There so many good artist some times you need a little something extra to stand out.

I am not very good at closing when it comes to sales. So you could say this is what I have come up with to compensate.

I really enjoy the Performance art aspect of the project. In fact it is inspired me to come up with more performance based work.

I have bean a builder and creator for so long. Now it is time to become a destroyer.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How Deep Water Was Made

How Deep Water was made. Deep water is part of my dream series, which are all based of dreams. I first compose the image in Photoshop. Like many artist Photoshop is my sketchbook. I then paint the image then poor a layer of epoxy resin over it then paint again leaving parts of the first painting to show through then continue this process over and over again. This creates an inward three dimensional work. The upper brush strokes cast shadows so as you walk around the paint the light changes the image on the canvas changes. 

Deep Water 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400

Deep Water only will be in existents until the end of the month unless it is rescued. I have had a few people who have made offers to save it but as I have stated in other post I will not get paid less than minimum wage and there offers have not reached this minimum. I am happy that they want to save it but I have to stand my ground on this it also wouldn’t be fare to collectors who have purchased my work. Please fill free to make offers but understand if I say no.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Deep Water  

19in by 24in acrylic and epoxy resin 

This dream takes place far beneath the surface of the water. The time of day makes no difference at this vast depth, but the little light that does penetrate the gloom, refracts the density of colors hidden in the shadows of the deep. I feel the freedom of weightless flight as I swim; there is no worry of drowning. I am calm in the silence of the dark, surrounded by endless forms flashing before my eyes as the faint glimmers of light bounce off the infinitely undulating rivulets. They reveal numerous curvatures, colors, and images in their refraction. Faces all too familiar or unknown, bodies beautiful and obscured, liberated and united in fluid wandering. Some of the faces look directly into the observer, attempting to draw him/her into this watery dream, made warm by the pulse of the human heart weaved throughout the piece like crimson capillaries.

Though the majority of this piece is comprised of dark tones and shades, the bursts of bright color and light make the piece seem equally luminescent. This theme of associating new meaning to preconceived ideas is one that is discussed in all my pieces. Some may call is Nihilistic, but if one understands Nihilism at all, he would know not to call it that. There is no enclosure to the piece besides the canvas that exhibits this portion of the larger, unseen image of the dream, so that the dream itself has no beginning, nor end, for as a dream its existence is sporadic and random, much like our experiences in reality if we allow them to be.

Monday, May 14, 2012

This is a short video of Deep Water. This is the painting that is up for Rescue or Destroy for the month of May it only has 15 days to be Rescued or it will be destroyed.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Rescue or Destroy the Test

Deep Water 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400

I make art to go out into the world and hope fully inspire or move people. To give you something to think about, talk about, and to share with those that are in your lives.
This is the big test do you think I should continue to produce the art that I make and try to find homes for it threw out the world or should I just make it for my self this is the question I give to you. If nothing is rescued then the answer is clear. If it is rescued the answer will also be clear. I hope that you find my work to be powerful, beautiful, and moving if not then let it be destroyed.     

RESCUE OR DESTROY ok so this is how it works every mouth I will be putting one work of art on the chopping block. It is up to you to choose to rescue the work of art if no one rescues the work it will be destroyed 

This month I will be putting up the painting Deep Water this Painting is 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400

You can see more of my work at

Friday, May 11, 2012

Glitter Pets Art Chicago Rescue or Destroy

First Rescue or Destroy project was performed at Art Chicago I created works there would play on the emotions. Almost every one has had a pet the have loved in there lives. So I chose to make the cutest kitty puppy and bunny pics I could. I then decided to make theme even kitschier by putting them on a glitter background.  Thus the glitter pets were borne. Unfortunately they had no home so like all homeless pets they went to the pound were they had a death sentence hanging over there head poor Glitter Pets. So we need them to find homes. So we brought them to Art Chicago to find homes. Each Glitter Pet had its own deadline to be put down if it was not saved. We gave each Glitter Pets a last thirty minutes hurrah were we desperately pleaded with the audience to save the poor Glitter Pet.  At the end Of the weakened of Art Chicago we had found twelve glitter pets homes and five were put down.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rescue or Destroy Online

Ok so this is how it works.  If someone buys it- it’s rescued, if no one buys it- it gets destroyed. Simple.

The value I have applied to them is what I ask for from a gallery. Since right now for the first time in a long time I am not represented by a gallery so I am subtracting their percentage. Of course this will change as soon as I am represented by a galley again.

I refuse to get paid less than minimum wage and the cost of materials.   If no one believes my work is worth this I would rather destroy it! We must all stand our ground somewhere.

This month I will be putting up the painting Deep Water the painting above. This Painting is 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Rescue or Destroy video fro Art & Visual Culter

Read this column or kitties die By NEIL STEINBERG May 22, 2011 12:56AM

This is an article from the Chicago Sun-Times may 22 2011 about my first Recsue and Destroy event
‘You have four minutes to save this painting!” proclaimed Allen Vandever — bald, bearded, 6 foot 3 — addressing the crowd gathered around his booth at Art Chicago on Saturday afternoon. “Eight have been rescued; five have been destroyed.”
On the walls, Vandever’s paintings of cute kittens and cuter puppies, done in a loose, colorful style and set against glittery backgrounds of magenta and teal and orange.
One painting — a happily panting puppy — was set on an easel behind an altar on the floor: four sturdy 4-by-4 beams with the chopped up wreckage artworks piled around them. A red fire ax hung on the wall.
“Three minutes and 45 seconds to save the puppy!” Vandever said, reading a timer ticking down the seconds on an iPad.
“Somebody save the puppy!” cried Jill Dunbar, his confederate, wearing a skirt and bright blue sweater, the thrift shop ensemble that is practically a uniform for artsy types.
Art is a scam. That’s why there is a tiger shark suspended in formaldehyde at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But like magic, art is a pleasurable scam, if done right, a voluntary scam where the audience consents to the deception. The first few times I passed Vandever at his Team Art booth in the Next portion of Art Chicago, on the 12th floor of the Merchandise Mart, I noted the crowd, and the ax, and the patter, and kept walking.
But eventually I stopped. Maybe because my wife was with me — I usually visit Art Chicago two or three times during its long weekend run. There’s lots to see.
Vandever, wearing baggy striped pants, a flowery shirt, shoeless, took the ax down from the wall. “Two minutes and 55 seconds left,” he announced.
Someone in the crowd of 25 offered $20.
“I will not work for under minimum wage,” he declared, adding that the painting took 10 hours to create, a claim that may be true, if you include drying time.
“Forty-five seconds,” he said, then began counting down. “Five, four, three, two, one . . .”
Nobody saved the puppy, and Vandever used the ax to chop it apart.
I went up to talk to the artist. “You didn’t seem very hesitant about chopping up your painting,” I said.
“The first time was very liberating,” he said. “We’re letting the audience decide if it has value or not, if it should continue to exist.”
Each painting on the wall had a title, a price — the puppy had been $1,200— and a time when it would go under the ax. Next to the puppy was an orange kitty against a sparkly emerald green background. Its appointed rendezvous with the ax: 3 p.m.
My wife liked it.
We wandered the show. Next, the younger, edgier, cheaper version of Art Chicago, used to be on a separate floor. This year both are on the same floor, to the dismay of high-end galleries forced in proximity to Next’s Barbie-limbs-and-ironing-board sculpture, hey-kids-let’s-do-art aesthetic. “I don’t want to be next to Next,” one owner complained.
At 10 to 3, we drifted back to Team Art.
“It’s not a real kitty, you know,” I said, in vain. By then we were watching Vandever.
“In four minutes this ax and this kitty will have a violent encounter,” Vandever said, tapping the blunt end of the ax on the kitten painting. “It’s up to you to decide whether this painting deserves to be in existence or not.”
“What kind of society are we?” cried Dunbar. “A kitty cat!”
With two minutes left, my wife offered $50 and was rebuffed with the minimum wage claim. She immediately upped it to $75 and the kitty was spared; there were boos from the audience, who had been waiting for minutes and wanted to see art axed apart.
“People really want to see destruction,” said Dunbar, as she wrapped our purchase. “They see it on TV. I guess that’s our society.”
“It is a little distressing to see people who want the art destroyed,” said Vandever, whose previous works focused on couples in explicit sex acts. And then there are those who shout out offers of a dollar or two.
“A jab in the heart,” Vandever said, sadly.
We took our kitty home and hung her in the foyer, where the glitter in the background harmonizes nicely with the sequins in the Haitian voodoo drapeaux nearby. The beautiful thing about spending 75 bucks for a painting is: very little buyer’s remorse.
“I couldn’t let them chop up that kitty,” my wife said. The ax shtick may not be something that van Gogh would have tried, but van Gogh never sold a painting in his lifetime. A fire ax is underappreciated as an artist’s tool.
Besides, it is a cute kitten.


Through Rescue or Destroy, I seek to inspire the idea of renewal through regeneration.  I seek to be reptilian: “primitive and cold-blooded like the snake, [symbolizing] the instinctual side of the unconscious”* that seeks to rejuvenate its personality, replacing the severed limb with an entirely new one.  We 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.

*From Carl Jung’s Dreams


RESCUE OR DESTROY ok so this is how it works every mouth I will be putting one work of art on the chopping block. It is up to you to choose to rescue the work of art if no one rescues the work it will be destroyed 

This month I will be putting up the painting Deep Water this Painting is 24in by 18in acrylic and epoxy resin $1400


I am asking people to open their minds and expand the scope of their ideas and thoughts  about the art world. I will be creating events where it is up to the viewers to decide the fate of works of art. Welcome to a world where there exists only two possible outcomes to be rescued or destroyed.