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Éric Nado’s Imitation Guns Made from Vintage Typewriters | #ArtTuesday

Similar but very different to the work of Mexican artist Pedro Reyes (see here and here), Québec-based artist Eric Nado fabricates imitation guns – magazine-fed rifles specifically – from vintage typewriters, like Royal (below), Underwood (above), Remington, and others. The video below is beautifully edited and shows some process and build shots along the way. You can see more of Nado’s work online here at Galerie COA.

Translated from French using Google Translate:

Since 1999, Eric Nado explores the urban remains, collects industrial objects, and transforms them into contemporary sculptures. Impressed with nostalgia, his works pay tribute to a certain collective past. Bachelor in fine arts and philosophy, he was the pilot cohort of Lézarts, Montreal’s first visual arts housing cooperative. In 2007, he moved his creation studio and his family to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Recognized by his peers, he is part of the repertoire of artists accredited by the jury of the program integrating the arts with architecture of the Ministry of Culture of Quebec (1% works), since 2010. He is represented in Montreal by the COA Gallery and in California at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Arts. The material world is built from scratch: One of the roles that art can play is to interpret its forms and functions. Through sculpture-assembling and dismantling-assembling, Eric Nado transforms and reorganizes certain objects to reveal other possibilities inspired by their intended forms or functions. From metallic and iconic objects, such as sewing and writing machines, he seeks to materialize certain ideas and concepts, such as those of work and memory. Traces of nostalgia, his works tell stories to which the spectators identify. From metallic and iconic objects, such as sewing and writing machines, he seeks to materialize certain ideas and concepts, such as those of work and memory. Traces of nostalgia, his works tell stories to which the spectators identify. From metallic and iconic objects, such as sewing and writing machines, he seeks to materialize certain ideas and concepts, such as those of work and memory. Traces of nostalgia, his works tell stories to which the spectators identify.

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