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.

https://www.facebook.com/allen.vandever  here is a link to my facebook

and here is a link to the album  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200105652669162.2194711.1385575519&type=1

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 allenartist@gmail.com AllenVandever.com  

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.