Antiques are often set on mantle tops or desks that are also antique. They are handled carefully, and dusted occasionally, but hardly ever used for fear of damaging it. That’s why the modification done on one typewriter from the 30s stupefies us as, not only has it revitalized the old office piano but its brought two, never before paired, worlds together!
The artist who fashioned this device, that creates sheets of paper that can easily pass as Impressionist paintings, is Tyree Callahan.
The “Chromatic Typewriter” is an altered 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, to which oil pastels are affixed to the typebars, replacing the ‘type’. Perhaps they should be renamed colorbars! Following this modification the keys on the keyboard were also changed to display colors and not letters, to correspond with the output.
As stated on Tyree’s blog post, the machine combines the habit and medium used to write words with paint, to produce art that is indistinguishable from pieces that are hand painted.
This delightful crossover is fascinating as one can only imagine, from using it, our brains, that are hardwired to process all sensory input, alter courses or adjust learned patterns of association as it’s not often tools used to produce manuscripts can produce paintings!
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