An exhibition of works by Santa Monica-based artist Louise “L.A.” Marler, celebrating the manual typewriter, will open at Beyond Baroque in Venice Saturday, Sept. 1.
Approximately 20 of Marler’s works, including half a dozen never-before-seen images, will be on display throughout September at the literary arts center. The opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice.
“These works are a celebration of manual typewriters,” explains Marler. “Pop art renderings of old-school technology transform solid black metal into colorful shapes with playful and captions. Also, extracted images of the machine keys are converted into visually appealing circular wall art for fun and poetic statements.”
Marler noted that she grew up in an office equipment business that had evolved out of typewriters, and the experience expanded into a love of printing and communication. In the exhibit, simple photographs of typewriter brands such as Corona, Mercedes, Hammond, Blickenderfer, Royal Bar-Lock and Underwood are transformed into pop-art insignias of bygone technology, Marler says.
“The shapes and mechanics are very interesting,” said Marler. “In an abstract way, they remind me of ‘smiley faces,’ with engaging geometric symmetry as well as functionality.”
While the show continues, the venue will be utilized for a “Type-In,” which Marler calls a gathering of people and manual typewriters for an afternoon of fun, creativity, and exploration of the “key” aspects of typewriting. The event is schedule from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Beyond Baroque.
In addition to the art exhibit, it will feature “Poets on Demand” using the vintage typewriters to create custom poems for visitors, as well as typewriter-related films, typewriter repairmen, vintage typewriters for public use, food, beverages, and possible surprise guests. The Type-In will be free and open to the public.