What do you get when you put ephemera, a typewriter, and Tyler Knott Gregson together? Amazing, improvisational bits of insight. Gregson’s “Typewriter Series” is written on found bits of paper: a Delta barf bag, a receipt, a page from a book. The idea feels a lot like an adaptation of what Vonnegut did with Hocus Pocus, a novel written entirely on bits of paper and later strung together. Gregson is a hopeless romantic, and that shows in his work, frequently about a lover.

We see old typewriters in secondhand stores all the time for pennies. We love the smudges of ribbon ink on our fingers and the way it feels to mash the keys that likely haven’t been touched in decades. (Sally found a working Selectric – IBM’s great electric typewriter – on the street.)

Even if you’re just putzing around, it makes you feel like some real work gets done when you’re using a typewriter. What would happen if you picked one up and tried this yourself?

What could you tell the world with a typewriter and an old receipt, a paper shopping bag, an image clipped from a magazine…or a simple piece of paper?

Dese’Rae L. Stage

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3 replies on “tyler knott gregson’s analog art

  1. Thank you! What a delightful discovery. I think I may need to dig my old typewriter out of the basement…

  2. creativity doesn’t come from the tools but from the user of the tools.
    whether you are creating a meal, a poem, a book, a to do list, a cabinet, a painting, a living room, a conversation, a film, you have to be adept with the tools – that you have – to use them creatively.
    i worked with a carpenter one summer doing finish work on trim. when he was working well, he could drive a finish nail so that it set itself just below the surface of the wood yet he didn’t mar the surface of the trim. there was no need to come back later with a nail set and drive the nail head below the surface. adeptness.

  3. Love these: the look & sound of T-K-G’s poems & pippin’s story.

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