SEPTEMBER 2017   

Liner Notes   C.J. Pyle   Indianapolis, Indiana    

If you happen to sense a musical quality in the ballpoint and mixed-media drawings of C.J. Pyle, your instincts are more finely tuned than most. Pyle has led something of a double life, splitting his time between a drawing board and a drum kit ...

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​pictured : Lawrence of Newark  crop, 2017.  © C.J. Pyle

MAY 2017   

Mixed & Matched   Andrey Poletaev   Ukraine    

Time. The bane of all ballpointers. To photorealist ballpointers, in particular, most of that time is spent working carefully to avoid making mistakes, another nemesis. Andrey Poletaev is the quintessential photorealist ballpointer...

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​pictured : MM-2017-54  crop, 2017.  © Andrey Poletaev

Allan Barbeau   Dublin, Ireland

AUGUST 2017   

Explaining Wai   Pongyu Wai   Hong Kong    

The term 'East-meets-West' is regularly applied to Eastern artwork exhibiting Western influence, affectations or aspirations, but it doesn't apply here. In most respects, the work is neither East  nor  West. Just  art ...

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​pictured : A Moment of Truth 51  crop, 2016.  © Pongyu Wai

JULY 2017   

C.J. Pyle   Indianapolis, Indiana    

This piece was started around 2011 and about a third of the way to completion was abandoned. It sat in my files until inspiration hit and it was finished in 2015...

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A Chorus of Horace, 2016.  

© C.J. Pyle

OCTOBER 2017   

Alberto Repetti   Genova, Italy    

Almost all of my ideas come from shapes suggested by nature... I flowed those ideas into this work, spatially and intellectually re-elaborated... A reinvention of reality...

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The Elemental Landscape, 2017.  

© Alberto Repetti

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NOVEMBER 2017   

Chen Zhen   Kaohsiung, Taiwan    

Appearance of the fetus here is a metaphor for all things before birth, in the parent. Even if the human species of same appearance gave birth to twins, although the same outward, the consciousness is their own and different...

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Individual, 2017.   © Chen Zhen

JUNE 2017   

Ballpoint Art   Trent Morse   BOOK REVIEW    

Just as so many presumptuous or naive ballpoint prodigies tripped over each other to have you believe they 'came first ', so came the race for First Place  in formally documenting ballpoint pen art history...

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​pictured : cover art,  Untitled  crop, 2014.  © Thomas Müller

DECEMBER 2014​   Shane McAdams   Brooklyn, New York

Ballpoint pen art without the ballpoint pen? That and more

from Shane McAdams, who literally removes the ball point

from the equation by "blowing", milking or otherwise extracting ink from ballpoints and magic markers toward artistic ends...

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pictured :  Cloudslinger, 2014. © Shane McAdams

MARCH 2018   

Lennie Mace   RETROSPECTACLE    Tokyo, Japan  2004-2014    

By 2004, Lennie Mace had been mastering the artistic capabilities of ballpoint pens for over two decades, producing groundbreaking 'wow'-worthy halftone effects which show little trace of the ballpoint line-work used in their creation ...  

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pictured : Kroc Rock, 2011, cropped.  © Lennie Mace

NOVEMBER 2017   

Teacher's  Pen   PENNAMES   Ballpoint Art Instruction  

It used to be that the creative use of ballpoint pens was merely a by-product of classroom boredom... Classroom boredom surely still exists, but I can't vouch for what youngsters of today do with it  ... Read the full archived feature

​art : © ​África Fernández de Castro Hoyos, 2017, cropped.

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DECEMBER 2016   

Lennie Mace   RETROSPECTACLE    Tokyo, Japan  1994-2004    

By 1994Lennie Mace had made a name for himself as an illustrator and had been exhibiting his ballpoint pen artwork in New York annually since 1990. ...  

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pictured : The Longer The Drool... 2005.  © Lennie Mace

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AUGUST 2017   

Nicolas V. Sanchez   New York, NY    

When drawing in my sketchbook during my commute, I'm not really thinking of anything very specific. My mind drifts in and out of being present with my surroundings...

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Sketchbook, 2015~2017.  

© Nicolas V. Sanchez

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

APRIL 2018   

René Moncada   Brooklyn, New York    

Nature’s Purge  YouTube was created after visiting Montauk Point and discovering a chain-link fence deposited by the surf. It had been purged from the sea and Nature was talking to me directly...

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Nature's Purge, 2017.  © Rene Moncada

SEPTEMBER 2017   

Benjamin Sack   Leesburg, Virginia    

Similar to cartographers of old aboard wooden ships, I executed my drawing at the same pace of the  MS Amsterdam’s peregrination of the Earth... 

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Mappa Mundi, 2017.  

© Benjamin Sack

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FEBRUARY 2018   

Peter Ross   Hong Kong    

This piece was selected for exhibition in consideration for the HK Human Rights Art Prize. The exhibition displayed artwork shortlisted for a prize. Fall  highlights the human right to adequate housing...

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Fall, 2017.   © Peter Ross

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California