One Empire Wide

One Empire Wide

David Trautrimas

From June 1st to July 1st
Opening June 1st, 2012 from 6-9pm

In Trautrimas’ latest series, One Empire Wide, discarded Canadiana is reinterpreted by the artist as architectural models of ice fishing huts. Akin to their full sized counterparts, these scaled down versions engage the vernacular of reclamation, but in lieu of scrap building materials they reuse the detritus of recent Canadian history for their designs. From disposable fast food containers, failed companies, defunct government commissions, abandoned corporate branding to outdated military technology and emigrant sports franchises, these discarded cultural and social fragments are thoughtfully crafted into ingenious, inhabitable structures. By combining digital design and rapid prototyping processes with traditional carpentry methods Trautrimas continues to explore new territory in his practice, building on his reputation for innovative photo-based techniques. His work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, along with major museum exhibitions in Toronto and Seoul, Korea. The work of Trautrimas is held in numerous collections worldwide, including the Queensland Center for Photography, the New Mexico Museum of Contemporary Art, Foreign Affairs Canada, BMO, and Barclays.