We all have our favorite pens with which we write with better. I have no doubt, though, that a large majority of us would agree on the fact that in general, ball point pens can be irritating. This is especially true if we talk about the cheap ones you can get at any store. While they do the job, writing is less of a pleasure when those cheap ball point pens are used.
But as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
If you think cheap ball point pens are akin to trash (or at least close), then artist Shane McAdams will tell you he has found a treasure in these taken for granted items. The Brooklyn-based artist has created something that you can actually call art simply by using a ball point pen or two.
McAdams’s ball point pen paintings are nothing but cheap-looking. Sure, they are abstract, and some might not get them, but even I can appreciate the results of the artist’s work. And yes, you wouldn’t believe that these are ball point pen paintings.
These ball point pen paintings are dubbed “Pen Blow” due to the literal blowing that McAdams does when working on his art. He basically takes the tips off the ball point pens and blows the ink out of them onto panels.
The work does not stop there. After blowing out the ink onto the panels and mixing them in the process, the artist uses UV resin and UV light to create even more astounding patterns, forms, and color effects.
If those few ball point paintings are not enough to awe you, then I don’t know what will. There are more of these paintings on Shane McAdams’s web site.