Modern, and especially Contemporary Art is astonishing when it comes to recycling, or reusing and recreating, rather - after all, all of Art is a constant recreation... - teaching us that it is the context and meaning that gives objects their artistic atributes, not its material or technical quality. Does this make us all artists? It's very unlikely, but one thing is for sure, the line that devides it is getting more and more blurred and Art has definitely left the museums and democratised itself. A sign of the times.
Maybe we'll experience some resistance to call Jeremy Mayer an artist. It's arguable. It's a fact that he's someone without a formal training in this area, he's self-taught, that is. But that doesn't really matter and didn't stop him from venturing into this world. He started out by trying out other artistic areas, from design to hiper-realist drawing, from molding to foundry. Finally, he seems to have settled for typewriters...
We don't know exactly what inspires him, whether it is a spiritual impulse or mere curiosity, but the truth is his method has a genuinely artistic component, albeit naif. He himself describes his working process. He starts out by tearing a set of machines, about twenty of them, apart, memorizing all their components, without having a previous mind picture when it comes to the desired outcome; it starts conjuring up, suggested by the shapes of the various loose pieces.
Next, he starts assembling the pieces without, however, using any other system but a screw; no welding, soldering or gluing. The work slowly starts gaining a shape, following the inconstancy of the idea. The construction may take a long time: the bigger sculptures can take over 1000 hours of labour. As they grow, the figures start looking at and questioning us, as if the (writing) machine world suddenly wanted to spring to life.