More than an art fair, NEXT is a showcase for the world’s talents and an adventure in innovative culture. An opportunity to redefine the relationship between art and its public, NEXT is a platform for established and emerging galleries to promote the work of cutting-edge artists. NEXT is dedicated to the exhibition and advancement of today’s art. NEXT is the catalyst for the exchange of information and experimental ideas aimed at today’s educated collectors.
For the second year in a row we have made it happen we will be showing our art at one of the world’s largest art events. Last year we made our debut as Allen Vandevers Project space and had great success. The art world used to seem like this mystical place that was only found in fairy tales. Last year we discovered this land and it was as strange and bizarre but magical and beautiful. I hope you come visit us while we secure our foot hold and place in the art world.
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.
Why is it so hard to find artist that are working hard to make their dreams come true. It seams like most artist I know feel it is too hard to become a successful artist so why try. To make it as an artist in the art world you have to fail over and over again but with time you will start to succeed. Once you start to have some successes that's when the hard work starts to maintain your space in the art world is no easy task. I am always looking for driven hard working artist to work with but this is no easy task. If you are hard working, Driven by your dreams, and refuse to take no for an answer you are the type of artist I am looking for.
Team Art! hits the big time at Art Basel Miami.
Allen Vandever says it was every thing he dreamed of and more, an artist wonderland.
To find out more about Team Art! click here.
Pictured: Armando Perez, Mike Reynolds, Nunu Deng, Allen Vandever and Rachel Slotnick
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.