Shane McAdams doesn’t press pen to paper, but he goes through thousands of pens each year.
The Cedarburg-based artist creates abstract landscapes using the ink he “milks” from everyday ballpoint pens – pulling the pens apart and blowing the ink out of the tubes.
To create the five panels in “Splayed Willow,” McAdams used wood from a Watertown willow tree, treated it and then applied the ink from ballpoint pens he collected. The actual event is one single, fast sequence that takes about 10 minutes. McAdams applies the ink to the panel and then with gravity, resin and a little magic (a blowtorch) he creates the stunning landscape-like forms. The art nearly makes itself.