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Allen Vandever,s New Reflection on Opart

I have bean studding Opart for the last year to learn how to take it to the next level. I now have good grasp on how to use and incorporate it into my work. I will be Bloging my new Ideas and works in hopes to get some feedback on this endeavor. I hope you enjoy these images and if you don't for any reason let me know so I can take your ideas into consideration.

Allen Vandever

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Posted: January 17th, 2011
at 2:43pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever on Turks Friends TV

At my opening at Smart Gallery on Clark in Chicago, I met Turk who invited me to be on his podcast- check out Turk’s Friends on Arts Entertainment TV here… - Allen Vandever

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Posted: October 21st, 2010
at 2:44pm by Koookiecrumbles

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A Dozen: Allen Vandever

You may have seen Allen Vandever’s work here at you can check out all of his past entries here. Here he goes into depth about the meaning behind his paintings and gives the audience a look into what moves his brush. Definitely worth checking out. Allen is making his art debut on the international scene this April, 2010 at NEXT, part of Art Chicago. And now to the interview.


When did you first know that you wanted to be a painter?

My first memories are of lying in my crib looking up at a print of Van Gogh's Sunflowers. When I close my eyes I can still see the color and pattern; it's as though the painting was a landscape I would travel through. The brushstrokes were pathsathe fields of colors were lakes and meadows. Thanks to my grandmother, I was creating from my earliest years and have never stopped. So, I guess I have always been an artist; painting is just the medium I have focused on.

What philosophies dominate your view of the art world?

I'm not one to lay claim to following one philosophy, for I try to take parts from all things and absorb them into myself. I do the same with art that I see. I guess you could say my philosophy is Al-ism: the one that I create, and embodies who I am.

Chasing the Dragon

How do you use the Internet to publicize your work?

Social networking is a great way for a large audience to see your work and to follow what you are doing. When I came back from my time on the Volcano, I wanted it so that when someone 'googled' my name the first page would be about me. Now, the first ten pages are about me. This was part of the foundation for my art career that I planned while living on the volcanoamaybe the altitude had something to do with it?

Life is tough for an artist, what makes you strive to move forward on a day-to-day basis?

Life is tough for everyone; especially those who strive to move forward to improve themselves. I feel the only way to move forward is to come to peace with where you are, and once you have conquered the 'now,' you are in the present, and finally at a place where you can move forward. Work, work, work.

Dreams from Childhood

How do you distinguish your dreams from your creative work?

I try to integrate my dreams into everything that I do, and I try to integrate what I do into my dreams. So my dreams are my creative work and what I paint comes from them.

Do you see challenges as obstacles or opportunities?

Of course I'm going to say opportunities! Whoever does not allow suffering and struggle does not know what life is all about. Seriously, challenges are what are between our present and where we want to be: Anothing more, nothing less.

New Pair of Shoes

What makes the art community in Chicago unique?

I have not yet found my niche in the many Chicago art communities. And though there are so many, there doesn't seem to be much interaction between them. AI am more interested in the art world. Sure, this beast seems mythical at times, but I know I must keep hunting it that some day I will hang its head over my mantle, then finally sit back with my pipe and whisky, while all is at one in the world.

What’s your view on online galleries?

I haven’t had much experience with online galleries yet, but I think there is great potential for a large international audience to see your work. Finding new ways to sell your work more inexpensively can be a good thing.

Tree Dreams

You are making your work available to the public for the first time at NEXT 2010, why is this?

This isn't the first time I have shown my work. For many years, I have displayed my art in different venues, exhibits, galleries, and competitions, but NEXT is a venue at the level I would like my work to be showcased on the international scene. People will be there to see what is coming next to the art world, and I hope that they see my work and embrace it as so many others have.

What separates your work from the next artist?

I use art as my tool to express and fine-tune my vision in my process of Individuation. My vision is what I see when I close my eyes, and this world I see is so beautifulathis is what I am trying to project onto the canvas. This vision is my path towards what some people call enlightenment: it is a search for knowledge, wisdom, and this elusive concept of the 'self.'


Where would you like to see your work exhibited?

First and foremost, I would like my artwork on the walls of my friend's homes, which is surprisingly hard to do! It's funny, I try and give them really good deals or make work that is affordable for them, but most of them do not take advantage of this! I don't know if they just don't like my work or if they think I should give it to them for free. Anyway, I would also like my work shown in art museums around the world. Then, eventually, in art history books. AMight as well shoot for the stars, right?

Who would you like to collaborate with?

All the people interested in the idea of 'process,' change, and struggleaand especially those reading this.

:: All images courtesy of Allen Vandever ::

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Posted: February 26th, 2010
at 9:08am by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever art post "Cave to Corcovado"

Cave to Corcovado Acrylic by Allen Vandever

She became so worn down from the unrelenting struggle; she could no longer fight against her tormentors. She finally succumbed to their hundreds of tugging and clasping hands, though she still had the weight of the living. It seemed almost a relief when they took her away. But though her lids expressed serenity, her vacant eyes revealed only a shell, a vessel empty of its purpose. Her soul was taken to a multitude of directions, and I was left, lost to their route.
Images of my ex-wife’s breakdown still haunt me to this day. This is the first, of a series of three, about this time period of our lives, which I began about 8 years ago. Shedding One’s Skin, is the third, and is the subject of the last posting.

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Posted: December 12th, 2009
at 11:27am by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever on Kickstarter

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Posted: December 10th, 2009
at 11:04pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever art post "Shedding One’s Skin"


Shedding One’s Skin Acrylic by Allen Vandever

This strange being convulses violently until her release, but once in the air of the world outside its shell, it writhes and shrinks from the sun too hot mercilessly scorching its translucent skin, too bright for the pupils in their first exposure to its rays. She has wrenched apart her soft underside from the hardened, weatherworn shell once donning her beautiful face. She is not the worm becoming moth; she is a detestable carrion bird emerging from timber not yet lit. A scavenger of her own body left on a pyre not aflame for ashes. She is saturated in all the secretions of a gapping wound, her body raw, tender, and vulnerable. My lady must walk in darkness; she must walk alone in the black of her despair until she brings herself to walk in the light once more. In these shadows I cannot reach her, she does not see my hand, does not see my face or even hear my voice. She has foregone her shell and with it everything of her life, including myself. Her shell reclines in a posture of malaise- a haunting reminder of how easily she slipped away from me.

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Posted: November 28th, 2009
at 6:13pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever art post "Shadow Dancer"

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Shadow Dancer Acrylic, Epoxy Resin by Allen Vandever

She no longer fears the light. She now revels in the colors being illuminated in her world in innumerable shapes and lines. She basks in its warmth reflecting off the contours of her body. She begins to dance, expressing the insurmountable bliss of this moment-this moment when she no longer cowers under the cold pressure of her shadow. She is finally at one with her dark celestial twin, merging their two worlds once rent asunder by ignorance and fear. She embraces her carnal sister and the world ceases to be bound.

This painting was not only a cornerstone for my work, but also represents a pivotal point in my understanding. This is the third version of this painting, and I find that with every version, I come closer to fully achieving expression of my vision-a vision of a world with endless capabilities made possible when we embrace all aspects of our beings-allowing our spirits to live, breathe, and create.

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Posted: November 25th, 2009
at 6:29pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever art post "Weight of the City"

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Weight of the City Acrylic, Epoxy Resin by Allen Vandever

She is bound and falling deeper into the chasm of her despair. The glow of the city lights illuminates this dark scene, making a display of her suffering as she falls deeper into the vast depths of loneliness. She goes down blind to the glorious vision of the world before her. She is stripped of control, but our heroine descends placidly, for she knows the entire city is underwater being pulled into the mouth of the same abyss.

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Posted: November 21st, 2009
at 7:21pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Allen Vandever art post "Dreaming of Childhood "

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Dreaming of Childhood Acrylic, Epoxy Resin by Allen Vandever

After a long evening of uninspiring gallery openings, I felt frustrated and unfulfilled. The first area of galleries exhibited a strong control over composition and craft, while the second area seemed to focus on creative self-expression, neither, however, really offered anything challenging or compelling. That night, I meditated on my reactions before falling into a deep sleep. This is one piece in a series that recreates the images of my dreams from that night.

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Posted: November 17th, 2009
at 10:16pm by Koookiecrumbles

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