Signs of Type
Roy Arenella continues to work with the idea of signs, sending me Arenellanism # 301. (Who got # 300?)
An interesting photocard, this one is merely a photograph of a Lettera 22 typewriter with a sheet of paper sticking out the top of it and showing the text, “WORDS / NEVER SEEM / ENOUGH.” Since this is a photograph, we have the tension (or collusion) between text and image: we learn that if words are not enough, we have pictures. And the image itself is quietly ironic. The text is composed not of typed letters from the machine, but of letters rubberstamped one after one onto the page. The typewriter is a lie.
Roy Arenella, "Words Never Seem Enough" (1989)
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