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​​​​​    PICK PIECES   The Ballpointer staff choose the artwork and let the artist explain it in their own words   Vol 3 No 5  posted June 13, 2016

Andrey PoletaevLugansk, Ukraine

Art Mechanica   2016 ・ 76 x 61cm (30 x 25'') ・ ballpoint pen on paper 

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James Mylne, 1999   London, England

''Art Mechanica is one of my latest drawings as well as the beginning of the new series featuring imaginative work that will be created in parallel to the Urban Cityscapes. Drawing with a ballpoint pen in the area of  Cityscapes  is incredibly time and energy consuming. When I finish one complex piece I like to unwind and temporarily switch to something new to set my imagination free. I wanted to create a piece featuring mechanics and at the same time I wanted it to be unique. The entire train didn't interest me, but certain components of the train such as the wheels did. The wheels by themselves would be boring and uninteresting. A body was created followed by other components to logically tie this  train-humanoid  into a mechanically capable machine. As a result Art Mechanica was born. Each artist's work carries a certain sense, but everyone sees it in their own way. Some may find a whimsical mechanism that could be started by giving it a kick in the rear, others may look for something more profound. I don’t attempt to embed deeper meaning and prefer that you, the viewer, find it for yourself''      

Be sure to visit www.poletaevart.comArtwork © Andrey Poletaev

Lennie Mace   Tokyo, Japan

PICKS PAGE ARCHIVES2016:  Read about these artworks in the artists' own words in The Ballpointer PICKPIECE archives. Click on the artwork to see their PICKPIECES.


Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

Guy Woodard   New York, New York

Matt Rota   Brooklyn, New York

Gareth Edwards   Stourbridge, England

M.I. Shaikh   Mumbai, India

​​​​BALLPOINTBRIEF  by O. Lebron  originally posted Apr 7, 2016​​


You could say Guy Woodard had time on his side for the creation of some ''200-or-so'' drawings in ballpoint pen. Prison time, that is; almost ten years of it. The Otisville Correctional Facility in upstate New York was his home during those years, and Woodard now jokes that the facility unwittingly became his sponsor. Now a free man, a recent exhibition of his inmate art attracted a wave of publicity, including coverage by Time Out  New York and Fox 5 News. Artwork created by inmates falls into the same category of "oddity" as ballpoint pen artwork is often lumped. For Woodard it's a one-two punch of both. Not a bad thing; both turn heads and attract mass media...

Lennie Mace, 1984   New York, New York

​​​​Shane McAdamsBrooklyn / Wisconsin

​​Pen Blows  (slideshow)・All artwork  2016  12 x 12'' (30 x 30cm)  ballpoint pen ink & resin on panel

''Four new Pen Blows hot off the press.

After a run of shows this winter, I've

decided to take some time to experiment,

play with materials, and basically make

some mistakes that will hopefully turn into

something worthwhile in the future. So the

studio is in mad scientist mode at the

moment. I have paper marbling basins

set up all over and about five new tree

pieces incubating in various stages of

gestation. I did manage to make a series

of Pen Blows that I'm really happy with.

In this series I was trying some new

techniques, different ballpoint pens and

methods, and caught a little bit of lightning

here and there I think. I had some really

good luck with a batch of archival black

ballpoint pens that a German office supply

distributor sent me, Unfortunately, they no

longer make these pens (and I don't have

their brand name) so I'll have to use the

800 or so cartridges sparingly. I also had

some really good luck with Bic Crystal

pens. I used more ink than usual, blown

out pen by pen — my cheeks hurt still —

and used UV protective urethane resin to 

leech out the pigment. The results were

really diverse, but it was my hope to mix

it up a bit and get some new events. 

Hopefully these and the other experiments

I am working on now will grow into mature

works, but it may take a few months'' 

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McAdams'  Super Natural  exhibition in Sheboygan, Wisconsin continues through September 11, 2016.  All artwork © Shane McAdams

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You could say the system is still  a sponsor, of sorts. Home is now a well-known facility helping ex-cons transition back into society. The venue of Woodard's Look To The Rainbow exhibition is also in that business.
    You could say all the attention made Woodard a sort of poster boy for prisoners-doing-good. The Ballpointer simply finds his drawings (pictured) worthy of some attention in their own right. All the attention might not have been directed his way had he been convicted of some truly heinous crime such as rape or murder, but Woodard's could be considered somewhat of a victimless crime. You could even call it artistic; Woodard was convicted of counterfeiting and forgery.
   With any luck, a little help from friends, and a respectable amount of effort, Woodard will be able to lose the reformed-convict backstory and make some headway with his art. If he can parlay that into a top spot in the art world, perhaps he can sell his backstory and add screenwriter to his credits; based on a true story, you could say

Read about one of  Guy Woodard's drawings in his own words, now in the  PICKS page archive