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article imageToronto: Gladstone Hotel's 'Come Up To My Room' January 23 to 26

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By Bryen Dunn     Jan 21, 2014 in Arts
Ever wonder what's in someone's bedroom? Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) enters its second decade as Toronto’s biggest alternative design event. A surprise until the day before it opens, the show never fails to delight and inspire.
With 25 installations that transform the Gladstone Hotel both inside and out, this show bends disciplinary boundaries and explores new ground each year. It's an exhibition about trust, risk and collaboration,
Taking inspiration from the Gladstone itself, Nathan Whitford and Sarah Keenlyside illuminate the façade to reveal the architectural bones beneath, while Rollout confronts the constraints of a historic building where their wallpaper cannot go on the walls. Throughout the building, Sisley Leung’s mouse-sized hotel amenities and Ana Jofre’s life-sized marionettes question who else makes use of the hotel.
A secretive collaboration between resident artist Bruno Billio and studio resident, the Department of Unusual Certainties, is bound to surprise you with new sounds, while the Torontonians, the Teenagers in Residence, and Mammalian Diving Reflex present a manic, hyper teen aesthetic in ‘GET OUT OF MY ROOM.’
Experiences of fantasy and reality, inside and out, private and public are mediated by the Escapespace installation that emerges onto Queen Street, Currentform’s responsive hotel entrance, Natasha Basacchi + Aliya Tejani’s interactive bathroom, and A Zero’s Fall of the Walled Garden where all is revealed. Connect to other times and places with Victoria Taylor and Linda Dervishaj’s Emergent Structures, SPAM collective’s Touched, and Andrew Foerster’s city of ramshackle sheds and raw mean villains.
Installations by Jordan Evans, Ryla Jakelski + Evan Jerry with Lois Weinthal (RSID), KRDW, Kathleen Wicks, Shannon Scanlan, Claire Scherzinger, Christine Kim and Vanathy Ganesharajah explore materiality and sense of place, offering alternative perspectives of tangible realities.
Making is celebrated in furniture and lighting throughout the hotel by Wayne Muma, Jennifer Rong, Sheridan College, Bettie Cott and Megan Blake, Hilary Hayes and Tim Richards. The making continues in the Melody Bar with Collage Parties hosted by the Collage Collective.
This year’s exhibition is curated by Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram, Elise Hodson and Britt Welter-Nolan, with highlights that include 25 one-of-a-kind installations by top local and national talent. Participants were invited to submit short videos that explain their works in progress. Watch them here.
Special Events
Eyes on Design w/ Stephen Eyes: Thursday, January 23, 8pm in the Ballroom, $10
Collage Party in the Melody Bar: Saturday, January 25, 10am-4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 7-11pm
Love Design Party: Saturday, January 25, 10pm-2:30am, Free
Collage Party in the Melody Bar: Sunday, January 26, 3-6pm
Visit Come Up To My Room for more info, and keep up to date @GladstoneHotel and #CUTMR on Twitter, as well as Facebook.
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto - January 23 – 26, 2014
Thursday 6-8pm, Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
$10 general admission, $25 for school groups, $5 for students on Friday, January 24
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