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June 3, 2022

The typewriter assemblage sculpture of Jeremy Mayer

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From Make magazine: "Sculptor Jeremy Mayer still remembers the first typewriter he typed on at the young age of 10 in rural Minnesota. He would spend hours peering into his family's 1920s Underwood #5, imagining himself inside the tiny mechanical city, reminiscent of Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis.' He also dreamed of disassembling it, but that was not an option."

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"Mayer began selling his drawings at the age of 14, but it wasn't until 1994, when he was 22, that he got into making his signature typewriter assemblages. One fated day, he was handed an Olivetti Lettera 32 typewriter and asked to deliver it to the thrift store. Naturally, instead he 'scratched a decade-long itch' and took it completely apart, much the same way he does today, sitting cross-legged on the floor with an array of screwdrivers and pliers at the ready. Mayer was struck by how the pieces seemed a perfect blend between his old Erector set parts and the 'techno-Baroque' drawings he was doing at the time."


Up top as well as above and below, "Nude IV (Delilah)."

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"He started collecting and disassembling castoff typewriters in earnest. Today, 28 years later, he is a master of his trade, seamlessly assembling typewriter components into amazing expressive full-sized, anatomically correct human figures, insects, and animals. A diehard purist, he prides himself on a process of entirely cold assembly: no solder, no glue, no welds, no wire, no parts foreign to a typewriter, rules he set for himself early on. An astounding amount of work goes into each piece: 'Nude IV (Delilah),' for instance, took 1,200 hours, contains parts from 40 typewriters, and is 6'4" standing up."


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the artist and "Nude IV (Delilah)."

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