David Trautrimas’ Habitat Machines
David Trautrimas, a 30-year-old Canadian artist, takes apart old kitchen mixers, hole punchers, waffle irons, staplers, and other household objects; photographs the pieces; and then ‘reassembles’ them digitally, into what he calls ‘Habitat Machines’.
Photo-Eye has recently published a limited edition book by Trautrimas, entitled Habitat Machines. The book is beautifully made by hand and is laid out nicely. The limited edition book comes with a one of Trautrimas’ prints and sells for $1500.00 + shipping and handling.
In Habitat Machines, Trautrimas uses photo-based architecture to explore the constructs of buildings. He has made a series of residential buildings born of everyday objects from art deco coffee pots to the constructivist grid pattern on an old bathroom scale. Trautrimas searches for source materials which allude to a greater architectural doctrine usually unnoticed in these machines. Then, by dramatic distortion of scale and context, elements of these objects are meticulously re-assembled into strikingly original structures that are paradoxically familiar by virtue of their origins.Click on the link to see more of David’s work. And if you want to purchase the book there’s a link for that too