Victoria Burge: 123


Probably the second-stupidest thing we’ve ever done is name Katherine Small Gallery Katherine Small Gallery. We spend far too much time telling artists that we’re not an art gallery and suspect that half our followers on Instagram are just artists hoping to get noticed. (Do your research, people. Jeez.) We take no pleasure in breaking hearts.

However, if we were to offer art made by someone who’s not a graphic- or type designer, it would be (and is) a piece like this by Victoria Burge. It hits all the marks. It’s striking. It’s quiet. It’s meditative. It’s formal, yet human. And it’s made on a 1958 Smith Corona electric mathematician’s typewriter that came from Cambridge Typewriter. The title (“123”) refers to the corresponding draft notation number within a weaving pattern index in C.J. Brickett’s Textile Designing, published by the International Textbook Company in 1926. 

While we normally offer hangables in cheap plastic frames that get the job done, this museum-quality piece (Victoria has work in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the British Museum.) comes in a museum-quality frame. It’s a stunning drawing that’s ready to hang on your wall. Just don’t call that wall a gallery.

  • Artist: Victoria Burge
  • Image size: 4.25 × 6.25 inches
  • Mount size: 8.75 × 11.75 inches
  • Frame: White wood; 11 × 14 inches
  • Pages: 1 sheet
  • Medium: Typewriter and acrylic ink on paper
  • Year: 2021