Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chromatic Typewriter

By replacing the ink ribbon with paint blocks on an antique typewriter, artist Tyree Callahan has created a new conceptual medium in which the notions of paint and words converge. Initially started as an experiment to apply watercolor text to a work in progress, the project grew to the resulting object, aptly named the chromatic typewriter.

“I also tried to incorporate things that would offer a significant suspension of disbelief to the piece. The ribbon, for one. At the moment, it is a slice of a stellar spectrum analysis of our sun. An homage to the one thing that really makes art what it is in the universe: light. The keyboard's spacebar also incorporates the idea of 'negative space.'"

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