Jeremy Mayer was born in 1972 in Northern Minnesota. He is an American sculptor who uses typewriter parts, some dating back more than 80 years, making them into futuristic sculptures in a process that he calls “cold assembly.”

Mayer attended and graduated high school in Minnesota. He moved to Northern California in 1990, and he now lives and works in Oakland. Jeremy became familiar with typewriters when his former mother-in-law asked him to take her old typewriter to a thrift store, and he instead disassembled it. He already had an artistic mind and creative ideas that he combined when creating his sculptures.

Jeremy collects vintage typewriters that are in very rough shape, which are more often than not completely unusable or beyond reasonable repair. He gets them from yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, or friends. He then dismantles them very carefully by hand not by using power tools. Mayer’s sculptures are usually human figures, animals, and insects. The sculptures are assembled by hand without using glue or any type of adhesive to hold parts together.


  • His works have been displayed at various museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museums as well as at the Salon des Indomptables in Paris, sponsored by a tourist boat company. Mayer also traveled to Mumbai where he spent six months paying homage to the last set of Godraj and Boyce typewriters by creating an assembled sculpture. Jeremy at one point did his sculpting in Richmond and Berkeley, but he now lives and works in Oakland. The images displayed below are the ones that have been shown in SFMOMA and the Nevada Museum of Art.

~ by Addrienne Williams ~

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