Keith Traub & Theresa Daddona-Traub ~ Unite Two Design/UTD: Farmpunk Fabrication

January 30, 2013 - February 24, 2013

The Gallery @ FOUND is proud to present Keith Traub & Theresa Daddona-Traub in a new show titled Unite Two Design/UTD: Farmpunk Fabrication. The show opens Wednesday, January 30th and will run through Sunday, Febuary 24th. We invite you to meet the artists on Sunday, February 10th from 3-5pm. Refreshments will be served.

Their work starts with the thrill of the hunt


“We never know what we will find in a barn, scrap yard, or an abandoned farm field. We look for inspiration in the possibilities, whether it’s through the materials, form, texture or color. There is a palpable feeling connected to our materials. A beam of wood that held a barn up for 100 years or a piece of steel that is lying in a scrap yard, done serving its purpose, has its own story to tell. These are not stories you hear but they are stories you feel. The most exciting part of what we do is re-inventing the objects we find. We hope people who view our work will feel the history in the materials and see the beauty of the future in its new form. If people see the beauty and intrigue of the past colliding with the present, then we have done our job.”

GH FISH LampTheir building process is very much dependent on the materials they choose. After deciding to work with a piece of wood or steel for its inherent qualities, the question of how to build it comes next. They use vintage machinery and tools, and only the materials they have on hand to create a unique style they call Farmpunk.

Keith Traub & Theresa Daddona-Traub grew up in Allentown, PA, a town with a rich industrial past that left its stamp on their psyche as well as their work ethic. Keith grew up spending a lot of time on his grandparent’s farm, assembling, disassembling and rebuilding literally anything. Theresa grew up just down the road experimenting with art and punk rock fashions of the 80’s. They both spent time exploring the US. They first met in 1999 and in 2001 bought and renovated an 1870’s school house. The experience helped define their style and skill. In 2010 they relocated to small town in upstate NY and formed their collaborative art and design venture Unite Two Design. Their studio is located in Skaneateles Junction, Elbridge, NY in the old Vanderveer Coleman bean factory. This turn of the century bean factory is an inspiring back drop for their work.

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