David Trautrimas
In the Wake of the Bind

January 16 - February 13, 2016

We often speak of old, neglected buildings in anthropomorphic terms as having "good bones". As such, the spectre of death already haunts the language we use to describe these forgotten places. What if, in their final demise, buildings were released from their foundations? What new forms would they take?

Using photographs of architectural ruins captured with his camera, David Trautrimas digitally excavates and reassembles source material to create portraits of structures that exist somewhere between the real and the completely imagined. Roofs collapse and funnel in the elements, walls crumble allowing unencumbered access into the interior and otherwise dark passages reveal themselves to the light. Brick, mortar, wood and stone - once the building blocks of civilization - are reassembled here to present a vision of a world bereft of humanity and one in which architecture has an afterlife.

David Trautrimas is a visual artist whose work explores themes related to architecture and the built environment. While his practice is primarily lens-based, it has recently expanded to include sculpture and public art installations. Trautrimas received a diploma with honors from OCAD and a multi-media technical certification from Fanshawe College. Recent solo exhibitions include Eidolon Point at the Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo (2015) and Spyfrost Industrial Habitat at Hartell Gallery, Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. (2014). He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions including Imagine Earth at the Korean Arts Center, Seoul Korea (2011) and Empire of Dreams at MOCCA, Toronto (2010). His first major public art installation Ramps & Tread will be installed in 2016 as part of the public art program at Ice Condominiums, Toronto.