Typewrited Bits.

Photographer Todd McLellan has a series called Disassembly, in which he pulls apart old items found on street curbs and transposes them into works of art — in a very different way. Evidently, all of the pieces were in well-working order, and it is a bit sad that what was once probably a beautiful typewriter is no longer usable, but recreation certainly is a beautiful facet of art.

You can buy a print of the above piece here.

Below, his artist statement on the topic:

In my series Disassembly, I photographed old items that are no longer used by the masses and often found on the street curbs heading for disposal. All of the pieces I photographed were in working order. I found it very interesting that they were all so well built and put together with screws, not glue. These pieces were all most likely put together by hand. I envisioned all the enjoyment these pieces had given many people for many years, all to be replaced by new technology that will itself be rapidly replaced with half the use.

Each piece in the series seems to be taken apart through different stages of life, often flying through the air in disarray, like in a slow-motion video enthusiast’s finest dreams, while others are as neatly arranged as our friend the typewriter.

Visit the “New Work” section of McLellan’s website to see more.
(And it’s highly recommended that you right click on any image and go to “Enter full screen” mode while viewing!)

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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