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65 Footers

David Hoffos
Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Two : 65 Footers, 2003-2004Two channel video installation with mixed media, 2/2
Purchased with funds provided by the
Canada Council for the Arts 2004 York Wilson Endowment Award

David Hoffos was born in Montreal in 1966 and obtained a B.F.A. with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in 1994. His work can be found in numerous private collections as well as in the Glenbow Museum, the Mendel Art Gallery, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. His film, video and installation works have been exhibited across Canada, and in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and the USA since 1991. 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. He was the 2002 Sobey Art Award winner.

Scenes from the House Dream is a multi-part, multimedia, editioned series of individual but interconnected, artworks or scenes. Beginning in 2003, and continuing for five years, four to five new scenes from this project were launched each year. There are a total of 25 scenes. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia possesses two of the scenes : 65 Footers and Carolina. The premiere of the completed project was in 2008 at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

This particular scene, 65 Footers, is a two channel video installation with a miniature model, mirrors, glass, three television monitors, two VCR's, tables, stands, and a framed glass portal. The scene is of a docked, 65 foot yacht, bobbing up and down in darkish green wind-swept water in what appears to be a desolate yacht club at night. The weather is inclement and the sound of water lapping onto creaking docks is clearly heard. A female figure appears on deck from the cabin below. She paces back and forth occasionally looks over the deck into the water. A faint barely perceptible shadow of a giant squid is seen on the hull of the yacht at the water line.  The underlying danger is palpable.  Hoffos has tapped into a nightmare moment.

Shannon Parker
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