April 28, 2010 – HALIFAX, NS – David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream opens Saturday, May 1 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. A special members’ preview will be held Friday, April 30 at 7:30pm. There will be an artist’s talk and tour on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30pm at the Gallery.
“The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is proud to be a part of this nationally touring exhibition,” said Ray Cronin, Director and CEO of the AGNS. “It has taken several years and enormous institutional collaboration to bring Hoffos’ engaging work to Halifax. Hoffos is a remarkable artist and his work is certain to excite everyone who comes to see it. ”
David Hoffos’ ongoing practice explores the uncanny and its relationship to the everyday; he creates narratives that transcend time and place. The artist’s use of low-tech paraphernalia to produce illusions of reality has contributed to an entirely original body of work. The subject matter of this recent masterwork represents a move away from the outward-looking spectacle to a more personal examination of the human psyche.
In Scenes from the House Dream, as with all previous work, Hoffos makes a pact with the viewer; he asks us to suspend disbelief and enter his world. What we find there may both disturb and delight.
David Hoffos was born in Montreal. He continued his education in Australia and Alberta, earning a BFA with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in 1994. He currently lives in Lethbridge. He is the recipient of grants awarded by the Banff Centre Studio Residency Program, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2002 he was awarded a Sobey Art Award. His work has been exhibited across Canada, and in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the USA.
He is represented by TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary.
Curated by Shirley Madill, this exhibition has been organized and circulated by Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario with the assistance of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge and TrépanierBaer Gallery, Calgary.
The funding assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and TrépanierBaer Gallery is gratefully acknowledged.
David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream will be on display at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until July 18, 2010.