Come Up to My Room – The Gladstone Hotel

Come Up To My Room runs to January 30, 2011
Location: The Gladstone Hotel, January 28-30
Hours: Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Admission: $10

The Alcove- Vivien Cheng & Rina Grosman

The Gladstone Hotel is hosting its 8th annual Come Up To My Room show this weekend. Billed as an alternative design event, Come Up To My Room features the work of over 44 artists and designers, who have transformed the 2nd floor of the Gladstone into an interactive exhibition of room installations and public space projects. Curators Deborah Wang and Jeremy Vandermeij, who trust in the intuition of their artists, have a  multi- and inter-disciplinary show to be immensely proud of. This Thursday I got the opportunity to see the exhibition firsthand, and I was blown away by the innovation and amazing design on display. Here’s a sneak peek of what the show has to offer.

Room 206- Jen Prather & Stephanie Mansolph

The attention to detail in the room 206 installation entitled “The Cyborgesses” by Jen Prather & Steph Mansolf is remarkable. Using a combination of vinyl decals, crochet, textiles and intricate drawings the pair create what they call “life sized alternate realities.” That is really what stepping into this installation is all about, losing yourself in another world, another reality that epitomizes a sense of play and indulgence.

Room 212- Rob Southcott

Rob Southcott is an installation artist and designer who explores the relationship between form and function. What appear to be paper airplanes are actually ingenious hooks that can be arranged to suit a variety of needs.  A 3D sculpture of laser-cut plywood appears to be taking over the space, growing in or out of the walls, in an organic fusing of shadow, line and shape.

Room 202- Jana Macalik, John Peterson & Diana Watters

It was interesting to see how some of the artists and designers involved were inspired by the transitory nature of the hotel space and others focused on audience interaction. Room 202, a collaboration between Jana Macalik, John Peterson & Diana Watters, is a room within a room, but beyond that it is a re-creation of a life lived in an atmosphere of temporary habitation. Unsettling but also somehow hopeful thanks to touches of humanity found in unexpected places, like an empty coffee cup or a dog-eared paperback.

Room 211- Amanda McCavour

Using exquisite “thread drawings” Amanda McCavour recreates in Room 211 an apartment she used to live in. Each finely rendered drawing is suspended from a series of fragile looking strings, creating a tentative and delicate tableaux of ordinary objects. The result is a ghostly after-image of a place in time and a study of our relationships to the objects around us.

If you are in Toronto this weekend, and checking out the other design events happening for IDS11 make sure The Gladstone is on your hit list. Admission is $10 dollars and you can purchase tickets online or at the door. The Gladstone is also hosting a retrospective of previous Come Up To My Room installations that is worth a look if you are stopping by.

Not in Toronto, no worries participate from your computer by visiting wish-you-were-here.ca.  Denise Ing and Ken Leung have created a technology-mediated interaction that elevates user engagement and play. So have your fun from where you sit!

All photos the property of The Design Tree 2011.

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2 Responses to Come Up to My Room – The Gladstone Hotel

  1. Pat Millar says:

    Awesome review of an awesome exhibit!

  2. Katherine says:

    Great review of the exhibit, nice to be able to see these things we wouldn’t normally get a chance to see.

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