Habitat Machines by David Trautrimas


I don't know how I missed Toronto artist David Trautrimas' wonderful Habitat Machines; not only are we in the same city but he has been in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and half a dozen blogs I follow. Gary Michael Dault describes his work in the Globe:

Trautrimas's digital prints of forlorn structures, complexes and communities begin as photographs of castoff, abject, superfluous objects like old coffee pots, electric razors, oil cans and waffle irons, which he then repositions by re-imagining them at vastly different scales.

It's the same with his dark, brooding Waffle Iron Heights, wherein three tarnished waffle irons are shoved together to make a convincing mega-structure soaring up into a dark, overcast sky like some chillingly gigantic tower from Fritz Lang's film Metropolis.

TreeHugger has shown a few artists who work with recycled materials and appliance parts, but Trautimas's technique of photoshopping backgrounds in is different.

Sometimes," he says, "I've had to combine five different curbs to make one sidewalk."

See much better images at his website. His work can be seen for the next few days in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Photoeye gallery.

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