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Loved: Come Up To My Room 2011

It’s design week in Toronto. Tonight, I just got back from the Gladstone Hotel’s ‘alternative design event,’ Come up to my Room, or CUTMR.

Founded by the fabulous Pamila Matharu and the Gladstone’s Christina Zeidler, CUTMR works because the rooms are small, and the artist/designers can literally take their idea and run with it. It’s refreshing to see such unfettered creativity.

Co-curator Jeremy Vandermeij being interviewed by Artsync TV. All images: VoCA

Last year was exceptional – I blogged about that HERE and this year was almost as good. The first installation I saw, and the best by far – to my eye, anyway – was by Dennis Lin. Last year, I had visited Lin’s studio and seen all the delicate metal mobiles and translucent wooden lighting fixtures for which he is known.

Dennis Lin’s fantastic installation.

For the Gladstone, Lin, inspired by having recently moved his studio, arranged a large number of studio works inside a cube made up of steel shelving units, wrapping the entire thing in cellophane. It was marvelous, like an enormous box of jewels. It was like the opposite of minimalism…a sort of self-contained maximalism. Brilliant.


2 views of Xiaojing Yan’s drum installation.

The next best thing was a tie between two far more subtle works. The first, by Chinese artist Xiaojing Yan, was a series of hanging silk ‘drums’, each side painted with a portrait of an immigrant, one side showing their face before leaving their home country, and the other showing their face after having arrived. The idea was that their identity was trapped inside the two painted images.

Amanda McCavour’s thread installation.

The second, by Amanda McCavour was an installation of hanging furniture and home accessories made of thread, which McCavour makes by sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water. The result appears almost impossibly delicate.

Brezina and Eunson’s Barn.

The final room that really impressed me was the ‘Shrine Dedicated to the Memory of Demolished Barns and Fallen Trees‘ by furniture designers Lubo Brezina and Scott Eunson. I think it’s about time someone made a shrine to Ontario’s barns, of which fewer and fewer are seen across the landscape.

Other installations worthy of mention:

Bruno Billio’s spinning post-party dinner table.

And his ‘Art Water’.


Two views of a room filled with crochet and soft sculpture by ‘Cyborgesses’ Jen Prather and Steph Mansolf.

Some delicate (paper!) fire escapes by Jen Spinner.

One-way mirrors surround an installation “Home is Where…” by Jana Macalik, John Peterson and Diana Watters – an impressive first time collaboration.

Treehugger, by Map Collective (Andrew Chau and Patricia Joong), which aims to “challenge the negative perceptions associated with the big city.” They also covered the bar area with unusual huggable tree forms.

2 Responses to “Loved: Come Up To My Room 2011”

  1. ChrisToronto says:

    Andrea, we responded to many of the same things: http://tinyurl.com/65hgw9r

  2. AC says:

    Hi Chris – I love how your post has such humanity – the people behind the designs! Nice one!

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