The Spyfrost Project by Dave Trautrimas


An exhibition featuring architectural compositions made of household objects by Canadian artist Dave Trautrimas will open at LE Gallery in Toronto later this week.

Above: The Radiant Proliferator
Top: Micro Re-Instigator

The exhibition, called The Spyfrost Project, includes compositions made of objects such as washing machines and lawnmowers to produce hybrids of architecture and machinery.

Above: The Aurora Maker

The exhibition will be open 28 April - 30 May.

See more of Trautrimas' pictures in our earlier story.

Above: Terra Thermal Inducer

The following information is from gallery director Wil Kucey:

LE Gallery is pleased to present the most recent body of work from Toronto based photographer David Trautrimas. Trautrimas's most recent series hypothesizes the origins of domestic appliances that defined the zeitgeist of the Cold War era by digitally constructing Top Secret Military outposts out of objects such as lawnmowers, stoves and refrigerators. Fashioned with an aspiring futurism and ominous sense of destructive purpose, these structures capture the paradoxical connection between violence and progression.

Above: Storm Crown Mechanism

Situated in Cold War landscapes, sourced from Trautrimas's extensive photographic source library, these enigmatic experiments alternate between fiction and historical fact. Balanced between the promised utopian culture of leisure, facilitated by what the latest in modern manufacturing had to offer and the threat of a global catastrophe wrought by ICBM's, super sonic jet fighters, and spy satellites, this series elicits the tense equilibrium between the extremes of design and technology during the Cold War era.

Above: Carbon Inversion Device

Critical to these works is the representation of both forces within each composition, as these devices of destruction are assembled from the very appliances that promised deliverance to a post WWII paradise. As Nixon said to Khrushchev at the American National exhibition in Moscow in 1959, "... would it not be better to compete in the relative merits of washing machines than in the strength of rockets?" Within this series the consumerism vs. militarism conflict is expressed as an inextricable paradox within each composition.

Above: The Brilliant Device

Trautrimas continues to experience success with his accomplished and sophisticated approach to utilize digital technologies in the fine art world. His work will be featured in the upcoming Museum of contemporary Canadian Art exhibition, "Empire of Dreams,Phenomenology of the built environment",Curated by David Liss, as well as included in Brave New World at the Queensland Center for Photography in Brisbane Australia.

Above: Seismic Conduction Tower

The series will also be exhibited at the Eckhart Gallery in the Hague, Netherlands, Johansson Projects in Oakland California and be featured at photoLA and Art Chicago. Trautrimas has been featured or reviewed in print and online press in Canada, the US, Germany, the Ukraine, Russia, and China.

Above: Mnemonic Doppleganger

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Posted on Monday April 26th 2010 at 1:55 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • mvb

    Love it!!!

  • George Lucas had an art department that did this once. Why do you think Han Solo’s ship looks like a trashcan lid and the bounty hunter’s ship looks like a street light.

    I think I’ll rummage through Google’s Sketchup 3D Warehouse for some objects to be rendered and exhibited too.

  • poster

    mamma mia


    Envy is a very strange feeling Michael

  • Dan

    See also ‘Our Man In Havana’.

  • This is how my works would have looked like, if i had followed my dreams :-)

  • Excellent attention to detail – they work so perfectly with the backgrounds and such a great idea. Definately a good way to inspire other projects too working in that way.

  • Trautrimas works are really amazing

  • This is the best thing I've seen in ages


  • Rae Claire

    Refreshing comic relief (which this site tends to be a bit short on).