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Colleen Blackard

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Paths Of Memory, 2012 Drafting Film Over Ballpoint on Gessoed Wood 33"x42" © Colleen Blackard
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Paths Of Memory, 2012 Drafting Film Over Ballpoint on Gessoed Wood 33"x42" © Colleen Blackard
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Still Standing, 2013 Ballpoint Pen on Drafting Film and Paper 8"x10" © Colleen Blackard
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Still Standing, 2013 Ballpoint Pen on Drafting Film and Paper 8"x10" © Colleen Blackard
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Wake, 2010 Ballpoint Pen 20" X 16" © Colleen Blackard
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Glow, 2010 Ballpoint Pen and Watercolor 12" X 9" © Colleen Blackard
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Reach, 2010 Ballpoint Pen 12" X 16" © Colleen Blackard
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Midnight, 2010 Ballpoint Pen 8" X 12" © Colleen Blackard
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Fading, 2012 Ballpoint Pen on Canvas 3.5in X 2.5in © Colleen Blackard
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Tracing Memory, April 2012 Drafting Film and Ballpoint Pen on Paper 8"x10" © 2012
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Tracing Memory, April 2012 Mylar and Ballpoint Pen on Paper 8"x10" © Colleen Blackard
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Fate, 2014 Prismacolor Marker on Paper 4ft X 6ft
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Taurus (Hyades), 2011 Archival Ballpoint Pen on Paper 9" X 8.5"
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Star Cluster, 2011 Archival Ballpoint Pen on Paper 10" X 9"
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Quick Facts
Schools
Hampshire College, 2009, BA
Representing galleries
ISSO Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Colleen Blackard Artist Statement

Colleen’s art shares her experience of the universe. She presents a strong graphic sensibility that maintains an ethereal quality. She builds up masses of ballpoint pen circles to create patterns of obfuscating shadows and defining lights that confuse and clarify the subject. She chooses this time-consuming yet meditative process as a way to give life to every detail.

Colleen explores different themes in her various series, demonstrating progression from technical mastery of luminosity to its conceptual application:

    • For the Universe – pinpoints of light carved out of darkness.
    • The Nature of Ballpoint – landscapes and cityscapes integrated with celestial lights.
    • Uncle William – the universal sense of belonging regardless of perceived abnormality such as Down’s Syndrome.
    • Fading Memories; Emerging Spirit – the intangible, episodic nature of memory and the freedom that results from memory loss in Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Shifting Perception – assimilation of images from memory (viewers touch translucent overlay to complete the drawing underneath).

Colleen Blackard is originally from Austin, TX, and currently lives and works in NYC. She received a BA from Hampshire College, MA. Her first solo exhibition "For The Universe" opened in 2009 at Hampshire College Gallery, and she has been included in exhibitions at Fountain Art Fair, Rush Arts Gallery, Family Business Gallery, Dino Eli Gallery, Times Square, and Contrast at 320 Studios, and recently had a solo show at Orchard Windows Gallery.