Remember your early drawings of houses, trees and the smiling sun when you were a kid? Those scrawls on paper made using crayons and pencils back then were already works of art when you show them to your parents. Artist David Hochbaum relives exactly that with his miniature houses and villages in a can.
We have all been there, scribbling and drawing our way to imminent art master status in our younger years. Those memories of cute little house drawings sitting in the middle of a field or by a farm or beach are vague and familiar scenes of childhood but artist David Hochbaum brings it to the art scene with his miniature houses and villages.
Made entirely from scrap wood and materials from his bigger installations, Hochbaum creates tiny little houses and forms a whole village when joined together. It’s Hochbaum’s take on recycling as well as a past time that led him to creating a series on its own. Individually hand-crafted and painted, these miniature houses are a shout out to childhood days and are given a twist out of the ordinary with the reference to Hochbaum’s bigger counterparts in paintings and installations. His other works include the Baba Yaga Houses that feature intricate little wooden houses atop the legs of a bird.
The title Village in a Can came from the idea of using his empty soup cans as packaging for shipment and was then incorporated as part of the series. Check out the complete line of his work on his website and blog and see his mini utopia of colorful houses.