Found, Photographed, Imagined: Habitat Machines
Digital deconstruction, or what our past, our future, and a waffle iron have in common.
By Maria Popova
Books like Evidence really catapulted found-object art into the mainstream a few years ago. But they have nothing on artist David Trautrimas, whose Habitat Machines series transforms everyday objects into eerie, fantastical, neo-industrial buildings.
Trautrimas collects old gadgets, from waffle irons to electric razors to oil cans, photographs them, then de- and re-constructs them digitally into retro-futuristic landscapes that bridge what is and what could be in a surreal, haunting way.
Pencil sharpeners become restaurants, coffee cups become bird feeders, post boxes become townhouses.
Published September 10, 2009