Allen Vandevers art post "Deep Water"


Deep Water Acrylic, Epoxy Resin by Allen Vandever

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.


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Posted: October 31st, 2009
at 1:25pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Categories: art,contemporary,art theory

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  1. THis reminds me of going snorkeling, looking down & seeing how the sandy bottom is wavy ripple.


    31 Oct 09 at 1:56 pm


  2. This is like being underwater…


    31 Oct 09 at 3:31 pm


  3. You know, I can see this one in two different ways. On the one hand it gives off the soothing impression of swimming in cool water, but on the other it seems very dark. It’s tempting me to jump in and swim but at the same time I wonder if it’s taunting me into a trap and I’ll sink into the depths and not make it out alive.

    Very, cool to get both feelings while looking at one piece. lol but it could be just because I get a little scared of deep water sometimes. >.>


    31 Oct 09 at 3:54 pm


  4. I really enjoy the colors that you chose for this piece. The explination captures the piece..or perhaps the other way around


    31 Oct 09 at 5:05 pm


  5. Al,

    I really like this piece. It would look great hanging over my bed. I find the title of it to be interesting, so many meanings:)


    31 Oct 09 at 7:21 pm


  6. I LOVE this piece! I am all about any kind of artwork that is expressed on the inspiration of dreams; so much potent symbolism and inspiration are born in the sleeping mind (or awake, as some may see it). I can sense the feelings of freedom and exploration in this piece, as well as the lurking mysteries that accompany the dream world… I am attracted to its enigmatical dynamic and the colors are truly compelling.


    1 Nov 09 at 10:27 pm



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