From the Archives: A Review That Doesn’t Suck

Reviews aren’t always topical. Written in 2010, it continues to hold its own as a solid read, even if it is art criticism.


Toronto Part One: David Hoffos at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA)

The House Dream takes the unreality of the dollhouse and invests it with a creepy poignancy—like the terror of things that blend the real with the unreal, a motif explored throughout numerous horror films, i.e. Child’s Play, more commonly known as the “Chucky” movie. At MoCCA, shoebox-sized dioramas were shoved into the walls, stages that, in many cases contained interior scenes of bedrooms and living rooms. What could be an intricate, static presentation of domesticity past—many of these scenes recall a mid-20th century aesthetic—Hoffos has transformed into a compelling non-site by merging the past with present.

early autumn in toronto (preface)

I hoisted myself onto a northbound propeller plane this past weekend.  Whenever I fly, during every single takeoff, one of my irrationalities unforgivingly emerges.  Even though I’ve tried to dispel my fears about flying, telling myself not to worry according to various mantra-like methods, my heartbeat quickens and my breath shortens.  This lasts just a … Continue reading