The Chromatic Typewriter
There is an old belief that if you can paint with a brush you can paint with words. Well, a new invention by artist Tyree Callahan gives the artsy adage literal meaning. Callahan reworked a 1937 Underwood Standard Typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional painting device that the Washington-based artist calls the Chromatic Typewriter. The project was an entry in a 2012 arts contest. It is still a prototype and it will not likely be made for commercial sale, but it is an ingenious invention for anyone interested in abstract expressionism or colour theory. Each color must be manually refilled after every painting and must be matched to the colours on the keys. Below is a photo of Callahan’s invention and four of the paintings that have been created using its keys.