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Habitat Machines: David Trautrimas’s Amazing Art
There is something so fascinating about miniature worlds and peering down from above and imagining all the intricate daily happenings of the tiny people who live there. What if that tiny world was made up of re-purposed kitchen and hardware items that were forged together in some sort of crazy modern industrial architectural style? Well, that’s what David Trautrimas did with his amazing series of digital photographs “Habitat Machines.” His body of work is both exciting and inspiring with retro lines, cool metal finishes and are the ultimate in recycled materials.
David Trautrimas collects old gadgets, photographs them, deconstructs them and then digitally reassembles them into these stunning masterpieces. He includes everything from mixers, oil cans, fans, waffle irons, office gadgets, hot irons, electric razors and more. Once in the computer, he builds, layer by layer a new house, apartment complex, or office tower, and adds trees, fences and sidewalks.
Trautrimas’ fictional world of retro appliance models is a look at what we once were as well as what we may become. They pictures are at bit bleak, with the dreary cloudy background and the rusting buildings. Yet, it’s a fascinating look at the potential of repurposed items, and maybe even concept ideas for real architecture.
About Trautrimas: With images borrowed and photographed from his surroundings, Trautrimas crafts images with a familiar yet unsettling existence. Shifting scales and positions, Trautrimas’s images range from fabricated Space Stations to rotating pencil sharpener restaurants all incorporating the signifiers of out local and regional lives. Canada Post boxes become two storey homes and coffee cups become fountains for birds. Satisfying a desire to pull apart and reassemble objects and environments around him, Trautrimas delicately fabricates multiple landscapes inviting the careful consideration of their viewers.
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