David Trautrimas , View of The View, 2018, screen print on cotton rag paper, 10 x 10 in.
The Lake Dives Where The Earth Curves
Jan 4th to Jan 26th, 2019
Opening Reception Jan 11th, 7-10pm
I grew up in Belleville but spent most summers of my youth in Prince Edward County. I got to know the area from the comfort of my family’s trailer at Martin’s Outlet. During those years I gathered a rich collection of the mythical tales about my summer home.
There was the abandoned Picton airbase and its connection to Ondaatje’s English Patient. The unexploded ordnance peppering the beaches once used for fighter bomber training. The derelict jet engine testing ground built in the middle of a forest. The houses that survived their original purpose as bomber training targets and were given away for free. The story of The Avro Arrow, Canada’s first, and ultimately last, home-grown fighter jet, developed in part in Prince Edward County.
The work of The Lake Dives Where The Earth Curves was produced during a residency at Spark Box Studios in Prince Edward County. During my stay I frequented local archives, conducted site visits, and interviewed people with firsthand experiences of these myths. The result of this research is a body of work that visually intertwines the technology, architecture, history and landscape of a bygone military era. A synthesis of the destructive and preservative effects of a complicated history that still holds influence over the region.