The idea that typewriters can only produce written work is contested by Jeremy Mayer. The artist searches local Bay Area stores and garbage bins for analog processors that are in need of repair, which he then disassembles, sorts, and reassembles into metallic sculptures. He has also created anatomical recreations, symmetrical assemblages, and an ongoing series of birds, the most current of which is seen here. Instead of welding or using glue, Mayer constructs each piece entirely from raw materials. Some sculptures, like the black crow with the Corona typewriter emblem on its back, include spring-like pieces that allow the animals to bob their heads.
You can keep up with developments and learn about buying items on Mayer’s Instagram. He is now working on a couple large-scale reliefs, a kinetic lotus, a skull, and further birds. View the 2016 movie California Typewriter, which features his work alongside that of other aficionados, to learn more about his method.