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David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge AB – Through Nov. 20, 2008
Esplanade Art Gallery
Medicine Hat AB – Through Nov. 30, 2008


David Hoffos, Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Two: Airport Hotel (2004), two-channel video installation with miniature models [from the House Dream on view at Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, thru Nov 20 – other works on view at Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, thru Nov 30]

David Hoffos, Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Five: Treehouse (2007), single-channel video/audio installation with mixed media [from the House Dream on view at Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, thru Nov 20 – other works on view at Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, thru Nov 30]

Scenes from the House Dream is a masterpiece of multimedia by Lethbridge-based artist David Hoffos. The piece has been the focus of his production for the past five years and now includes 25 dream scenes.

Hoffos's mesmerizing work has employed such theatre-based symbology as stage curtains and lighting effects; interior rooms with avant-garde furniture; exterior views of cityscapes at night; and spacecraft at night. His two-dimensional people and props appear to be taken from photos or video stills combined with 3-D animation and video effects. Figures are indistinct, almost existential in presentation, often exhibiting symbolic gestures and bizarre dancing.

Scenes from the House Dream, curated by Shirley Madill, is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Because of the nature of Hoffos' work, a limited number of people are permitted in each gallery space at a given time.

A concurrent show entitled Disaster and Desire is on exhibit at the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, October 14 to November 30, 2008. Two companion pieces, Catastrophe and Another City, combine motifs and devices from disaster films and television shows with personal themes to create participatory environments where the underlying subject is one of illusion.

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Mia Johnson


David Hoffos, Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Three: Irwin Allen (2005), two-channel video installation with miniature model [from the House Dream on view at Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, thru Nov 20 – other works on view at Esplanade Gallery, Medicine Hat AB, thru Nov 30]

 Wed, Nov 19, 2008