One Artist's Time Travel Story About His Family's Circus

One Artist's Time Travel Story About His Family's Circus



Hoffman's novelty circus is the circus of my great-great-uncle hat that was based in humbled sketch whomp and then traveled through the 1930s and the 40s all through Western Canada kind of stretched from Manitoba to British Columbia the way I knew about it was that my grandmother would occasionally mention it when we were kids as a summer job that she did so it was kind of a family business she was a ticket taker and a dancer and rumored to be a contortionist but that was never converted just after the circus ended in 1943 in 1944 Japanese balloon bombs called fugu started dropping in exactly the same geography circus traveled there's 10 locations where the circus had performed and a Japanese blue mama dropped so I traveled through those ten and in each one I did a multiple exposure kind of thing in the summer I did one exposure at one location in the winter I came back and took that one and did an exposure at the other location on top of the film I loaded a very simple kind of black paint stroke painted on a clear piece of plastic and each time I did that it kind of masked an area for the other exposure to fill in so each one of the pieces represents two locations of the ten in two different seasons at once and then of course because I love adding complexity to all of it I also painted on the negatives and that's kind of my my presence in it I guess my hand coming into it it's a bit of a reach on my part but it is kind of a reach down my family line I'm looking at kind of the space between the end of the circus and when the Greensville so kind of using those as I guess a symbol of kind of what ended the circus

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