A Gallery for Art & Typewriters
Acme Studios is a new gallery of art and design that merges contemporary visual art with the functional beauty of vintage typewriters.
An exhibition by the renowned Dutch photographer, Jan Banning. The exhibition, entitled Bureaucratic Forms, combines new and classic photographs from Jan Banning with a collection of vintage typewriters from the Acme Type Machine Company. This combination of utilitarian technology and artistic visual images explores the relationship between humans and machines, and bureaucratic formality and individual emotion, and presents the common typewriter as one instrument of that relationship.
The Bureaucratic Forms exhibition includes Banning’s newest series: Typewriter Sentences, a striking departure from his better-known portraiture. In these new images the “portraits” are of typewriters producing documents recording the historic, legal executions of Sacco & Vanzetti and others who were innocent victims of the judicial system. A variety of typewriters, an integral part of the exhibition, will add a tangible connection to the photos, and visitors are invited to use the various typewriters to write a sentence, or a letter to a friend, or a love poem, or a shopping list—or anything that comes to mind.
Acme Studios is the home of the Acme Type Machine Company providing working typewriters to writers and collectors around the world. Acme is known for its selection of highest quality, fully-restored and fully-working typewriters. Acme typewriters have been the choice of discerning buyers more than 1,000 times since we began selling online in 2016. At Acme Studios our clients can try out typewriters in a beautiful environment of art and culture.
Included in the Bureaucratic Forms Exhibition are photographs from Jan Banning’s classic series: Bureaucratics. Bureaucratics is a comparative photographic study of the culture, rituals and symbols of state civil administrations and its servants in eight countries on five continents.