Last night, we went to the preview of the Gladstone Hotel’s alternative design event, Come Up To My Room (CUTMR). We’ve been in the past, and this year was by far the best. Each room on the hotel’s second floor was individually transformed, many with inspiring and conceptually tight installations.
Thu, Jan 21, 2010 – Sun, Jan 24, 2010
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Here are some highlights:
1. Orest Tataryn and Bruno Billio
This was our favorite installation. A ray of neon light zooms wildly around a carefully decorated room where two chandeliers have collided. It’s wonderful, and can be re-created to commission.
Click HERE to contact the artists.
There are many more photos after the jump….
2. This collaboration between Lisa Keophila, Jon Margono, Fiona Lim and Kristen Lim Tung is the result of a textile artist, architecture grad and designer bringing their own skills and interests to a project.
It has resulted in a carefully considered haning display of paper flowers and delicately beaded spiderwebs. The idea is to ‘speak to a renewed wonder in the world.’
3. Can You Remember my Dream?
A small breathing bird sleeps on a bed, covered by branches hanging with dream-filled lanterns. Julia Hepburn has shown her works around Toronto and won the Best Sculpture award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2008 and 2009.
Visit the artist’s website HERE.
4. Undertaking Acquisition – Chronicles of our time
This installation, called the Archival Library of Found Treasures, allows visitors to bring their ‘micro frippery’ and ‘divorced doodads’ to exchange. By Maggie Greyson, Christine Lieu and Pheobe Lo, whose backgrounds include theatre, industrial design and sculpture. Click HERE for more.
5. Recent Departures
This installation by the loose collective WORK/PARTY tells the story of a community whose spaceship exploded as they were traveling from earth. The carefully salvaged remains are on display.
For more on the installation and for contact info, please click HERE.
6. Here are a few images of other installations:
For more on Come Up To My Room, please click HERE.