The Gladstone Hotel promises to be a hive of activity this January as Toronto welcomes designers from all over Canada and just down the street to Come Up To My Room, Toronto's largest alternative design show. In its 11th year, and always a surprise, this year the Gladstone presents new initiatives and a diverse lineup of local and national talent: 25 installations, 60 artists and 4,000 visitors – all in under four days.
Come Up To My Room 11 (CUTMR 11) is curated by Robert Cram, Jaclyn Blumas, Elise Hodson and Britt Welter-Nolan. The exhibition runs from Thursday, January 23 to Sunday, January 26, 2014, concurrent with Toronto design week and the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO), presenting a range of site-specific design by emerging and established makers from a variety of disciplines. This year the show is surrounded by even more great work including the Gladstone’s annual textile show, Hard Twist curated by Chris Mitchell and Helena Frei. Also on view in the Art Bar this year, 11 Canadian women designers present projects inspired by the life and works of Ray Eames in Capacity.
This year, CUTMR 11 welcomes over 60 individuals and collectives drawn from the worlds of architecture, industrial design, fashion, interior design, film and contemporary art to transform the hotel both inside and out with site-specific and immersive installations. The show enters a new decade by exiting the building and spilling out into the streets. 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. Room installations are being completed by up-and-coming artists/designers and local design heavyweights such as Mason Studio with Also Collective, the Gladstone-housed Department of Unusual Certainties with Bruno Billio, while the Torontonians (teenagers in residence) create their own specific room. Site-specific furniture, lighting and art will also continue to push the boundaries of design throughout the public spaces and interiors of the hotel.
This year, the show intentionally brings into collision a range of creative practices and techniques. Projects range from miniature to macro, craft-based to digital, fantasy to epistemological, public to private and historical to contemporary. The ever-increasing presence of digital technology in design and art collides with more craft-based analogue responses. Each artist will offer insight into how technological know-how, skills and creative talent can construct new trajectories for art and design. The goal is to bring these approaches face to face at the 11th hour resulting in interesting and strange interactions, collaborations and contradictions.
CUTMR11 will also include special programming tied to the exhibition. On Saturday, January 25th, the annual Love Design party will attract revelers from across the city to the Gladstone's ballroom, which will feature a one-night-only design installation created specifically for this event by Justin Broadbent. New this year, a comedic affair hosted by Stephen Eyes brings out the lighter side of design and hosts interviews in a playful musical evening event.
CUTMR 11 participants include: A Zero (A0) / Ana Jofre / Andrew Foerster / Bettie Cott + Megan Blake / Bruno Billio + Department of Unusual Certainties / Christine Kim + Vanathy Ganesharajah/ Claire Scherzinger / Collage Collective / currentform / Evelyne Au-Navioz, Rob Giusti, Raymundo Pavan + Nikki Shih / Hilary Hayes + Tim Richards / Jennifer Rong Designs / Jordan Evans, Ryla Jakelski + Evan Jerry with Lois Weinthal (RSID) / Justin Broadbent / Kathleen Wicks / KRDW / Natasha Basacchi + Aliya Tejani / Rollout / Sarah Keenlyside + Nathan Whitford / Shannon Scanlan / Sheridan College Furniture / Sisley Leung / SPAM / Torontonians & Mammalian Diving Reflex / Victoria Taylor & Linda Dervisha / University of Waterloo School of Architecture / Wayne Muma.
General admission is $10, with discounted student admission of $5 on January 24th. Admission is $25 for school groups of 25 or less on January 24th and 25th. Exhibition hours are as follows: Thursday from 6:00pm-8:00pm; Friday from 11:00am-8:00pm; Saturday from 11:00am-10:00pm; and Sunday from 11:00am- 5:00pm.
For more information about individual artists and projects, please visit the Gladstone's website at www.gladstonehotel.com/spaces/come-up-to-my-room/