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​​​​BALLPOINTBRIEF   by E. Lee  December 19, 2017​​

​​Dog Years・September 29


Enter 2018, Year of the Dog  for Far-East Asia, where people send New Year cards instead of Christmas cards and artist Lennie Mace, as part of his long list of art activities, creates annual New Year cards to get in on that niche market in his adopted homeland Japan
    The designs follow the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. 2017 was the Year of the Bird, for which Mace created a design he thought might be a tough act to follow. ''It was my most successful card to-date, a near sell-out,'' he explains. It certainly helped that since a couple of years ago his New Year cards are also being sold through retail outlets as well as his own 'goods' website. Mace jokes that he may have to rethink the benefits of such wider distribution for cards originally initiated as a perk for ardent followers: ''I heard from a person who bought the cards, telling me they received the same card from someone else who'd obviously also bought cards!'' ...

《個體》彼此相似非相同,誕生於宇宙中的靈魂,個體矛盾般拉扯動盪,掙脫著自我意識似翱翔,逆光而游如魚,穿越晦暗深淵,來到保護色下的灰色角落,我們相同,卻也不同的存在那。 


''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. It will go through collision continuously in the evolution of individual life. Agitating each other with similar and different souls, swaying in this vast universe. It's will evolved sometimes in the individual's body as if to occupy a region but out of tune with the environment. 

      This picture is finished three months, only painted by ballpoint pen. Extensive use red and black to convey a strong contrast, highlight the tension of life and not yield, and color overlapping pull and drag the body of the heart. Most special is a rough feeling for each individual body in this picture, penwork more random and unrestrained. Then this heart of the eye used many colors overlap, each color at least stacked three or four layers and the line are so delicate and the images are also more meticulous''       Artwork & Chinese poem © Chen Zhen

Lennie Mace   Tokyo, Japan

Dog Chasing Tail  (pictured) © Lennie Mace/THE LAB  

The Ballpointer 's special online retrospective of Lennie Mace's ballpoint pen art will wrap up this month with Decade 3 : 2004-2014

New Year Cards & more can be ordered from lenniemacemarket.com

lenniemace.com presents a ticker-tape scroll of Lennie Mace artwork. 

Eric Seaholm   Tokyo, Japan

For 2018, Mace tapped a motif with sentimental connection. As reported in The Ballpointer's online retrospective of his work, a series of imaginative Mace dogs were a highlight of his earliest exhibitions, circa 1990. Features of this year's Dog Chasing Tail  bear likenesses, but updated with newer tricks from his ballpoint repertoire. Mace employed his innovative ''stop-motion'' effect, which shows extremities such as arms or legs in different stages of movement, but this time via his ''invisible ink'' dry-pen technique. Mace regarded that stop-motion effect as an ''accidental innovation'' stemming from a lack of preliminary sketches and indecision about which extremity worked best, but it soon became part of his vocabulary. ''It shows the drawing process, expresses movement in an otherwise inanimate image, and creates an interesting pictorial.'' Mace also positioned an actual Japanese postage stamp on this dog's tongue, harkening back to his practice of applying stickers and stamps to relevant drawings. A 'Year of the Dog'-related stamp was bought at his local post office during a break in drawing. 
    The ballpoint elder  corrected my observation that this may be the most 'Mace-like' design of the series thus far: ''I wouldn't saythat ; for sure there's much that longtime fans will quickly recognize, but all the card designs present different aspects of what I do in some way or another.'' Still, Mace admitted some uneasiness that his dog design might've strayed too far from Japanese sensibilities, even for customers who opt for his cards for that very reason. Positive response upon release proves his concerns unwarranted

Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

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.

Matt Rota   Brooklyn, New York

No, the drawings presented here have NOT been ''defaced'' or altered in any way. The title of this new section, DE FACED, simply describes the fact that the artworks presented here have been pulled from social media posts such as  facebook and, as such, therefore  ''de''-faced, as it were. Some of the artists may be familiar to readers, but new faces will also be introduced here. These artists have not been notified of inclusion here, but every effort will be made to credit the artwork as they did in their original posts. 


The content of this slideshow presentation will be revised regularly & randomly.


Listed by date, from most recently posted.


All artwork ©

respective artists

Gareth Edwards   Stourbridge, England

James Mylne, 1999   London, England

PICKS PAGE ARCHIVES 2015:

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Lennie Mace, 1984   New York, New York

A Year in The Pen  The Ballpointer  Nov 2014 - Nov 2015   PICKS  of the Litter 2015

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Chen Zhen   Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California

​​​    PICK PIECES   The Ballpointer staff choose the artwork and let the artist explain it in their own words   Vol 4 No 8  posted November 6, 2017

Chen ZhenKaohsiung, Taiwan

Individual 個體2017 ・ 26.5 x 19.5cm (11 x 8'') ・ ballpoint pen on paper

Ler Huang   Kaohsiung, Taiwan

SLIDESHOW

last revised Jan. 23, 2018

NEWDE FACED  ​​

MalOjo   Basque Country

Pepe Lozano   Cordoba, Spain

Shirish Deshpande   Belgaum, India

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

M.I. Shaikh   Mumbai, India

Shane McAdams   Wisconsin / Brooklyn

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