CHROMATIC TYPEWRITER, BY TYREE CALLAHAN

by Miryam Muller in ,


Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan transformed a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called the Chromatic Typewriter. Callahan submitted the beautiful typewriter as part of the 2012 West Prize competition, an annual art prize that’s determined by popular vote.

This new artistic creation might take a while getting used to and will probably never re-create the detailed results of a brush, The Chromatic Typewriter is such an awesome device, you just want to smash on some keys and create an abstract work of art.

Callahan says in his artist's statement, "I'm constantly amazed at the play of light through our moist air and over the varied landscape of the Pacific Northwest. I especially enjoy early morning light - that short interval of time just before the last of the fog burns off - and evening light, especially on humid evenings, when the atmosphere itself is aglow with evening's hues. We live in an environment that can produce both vivid and somber landscapes, often both within an hour's time."

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