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Review of David Hoffos [Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Two. Gallery TPW. Toronto]

Morrell, Amish (2004) Review of David Hoffos [Scenes from the House Dream, Phase Two. Gallery TPW. Toronto]. Canadian Art, 21 (4). p. 84. ISSN 0825-3854


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There are at least two technical antecedents to this work: the phantasmagoric lantern shows of the 18th and igth centuries, which created moving, ghost-like illusions that were often accompanied by sound effects or music; and the 19th-century miniature dioramic tableaux that were viewed through an aperture. Unlike these early forms of parlour entertainment, Scenes from The House Dream reveals how the illusion operates, and in this is the secret of its success. At an earlier show by David Hoffos, Another City, exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2002, audience members actually entered the dioramic space. In the darkened room there was a projection of a couple making out, oblivious to the people around them. The illusion was so convincing that viewers were afraid to disturb them. In Scenes from The House Dream, the illusion is more transparent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Art, Installations
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 18:35
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 17:01
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1450

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