Industrial Parkland

Industrial Parkland

David Trautrimas

From March 1st to April 1st
Opening March 2nd, 2007 from 7-10pm

LE is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Emerging photo based artist David Trautrimas. Marrying his technical abilities gained from years spent as a printmaker as well as a print based instructor, and his aptitude towards the use of digital imaging as a tool, Trautrimas creates images bordering the lines of many different discourses. At the root of his images is an exploration of the manufactured, from the product and it all its bits to the rust stained walls of the imagined factories where they are assembled.

At first glance Trautrimas' images may manifest as characteristic industrial landscapes, but their latent concept is the execution of a meticulous process of reverse engineering. Deliberately chosen consumer items are fastidiously dismantled, photographed and cataloged to create an architectural library from which a factory and its is surroundings are virtually "built" . A power drill literally becomes a Power Drill factory, a stapler becomes a Stapler Factory, with each object used to construct its own source of origin. The obsolete aesthetics of the source material (as perceived through a generational nostalgia) precepts a landscape on the declining edge of progress, in which both the manufacturer and the manufactured are imminently disposable.

Trautrimas is a graduate of the Printmaking program at the Ontario College of Art and Design where, in 2003, he was awarded the OCAD medal for excellence in Printmaking. Trautrimas is also the recipient of the Multi-Media Computer Generated Award Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

  • Walking The Line #46: The Drill Factory, March 11th, 2007

    “What Trautrimas has done—to describe it makes it sound too easy—is to have selected certain rather worn, grubby, even abject household tools and appliances and generated entirely new and remarkably fresh “industrial” landscapes.”

    ~ Gary Michael Dault

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  • Dave Trautrimas at LE
    The Globe and Mail, March 10th, 2007

    “What makes Trautrimas’s visionary photo-constructions so compelling is the combination of the seamless reconstruction of a brand new landscape of unlikely thing juxtaposed to unlikely thing, all set down into an absolutely radiantly convincing sense of place.”

  • Major morphings
    NOW Magazine, March 8th, 2007

    “Trautrimas's use of small objects to summon up images of huge and improbable structures evokes several kinds of associations: the fetishism surrounding household objects, the constant task of reimagining the city through architecture and the pleasures we take as children in fantasy microcosms.”

    ~ David Jager

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