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Reflecting the experience of the traveler through three major design themes: containers, concierge and big sky, you’ll wish you had a one way ticket.
Sonia Tyagi‘s Building Ties is currently on loan from the artist. The piece consists of thousands of bow ties fashioned from fabric samples that Sonia collected on her various travels. The piece was originally produced for Come Up To My Room 2012. Sonia is a graduate of the Fashion Communication program at Ryerson University, she is currently employed at Holt Renfrew.
Keeping with the Toronto Burlesque Festival events, here are some more pics, this time of the VIP Media Pre-Party and World Premiere of “ The Burlesque Assassins” on July 20th.
Hosted by Armitage Shanks with a meet and greet with Director Jonathan Joffe and stars, Roxi Dlite and Armitage Shanks. Burlesque performances by: Red Herring, Champagne Sparkles, Sauci Calla Horra, Coco Framboise, Amber Ray, Roxi Dlite
As you can probably tell by now, Noa Knows a lot. She even knows what’s happening in New York City! Having just returned from an art-filled weekend jaunt to NYC, Noa Knows Yayoi Kusama (Whitney) and Ghosts in the Machine (New Museum) are worth booking a flight for.
Gracing the Whitney from July 12–September 30, Yayoi Kusama brings her well known use of dense patterned polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments to New York. Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career.
Over at the New Museum until September 30th, Ghosts in the Machine makes for another museum must-see on Noa’s list. Surveying the shifting relationship between humans, machines, and art this group exhibition is for technophobes and philes alike. Occupying the Museum’s three main galleries, this exhibition examines artists’ embrace of and fascination with technology, as well as their prescient awareness of the ways in which technology can transform subjective experiences.
Update your passport and start looking for cheap flights because Noa Knows you need to get to NYC and check this out!
It’s not always good to save the best for last, like when you’re trying to decide on which artist-designed room to stay in. So, I would recommend booking a night in the Best Room, 310 as quickly as possible.
Designed by Kate Zeidler, this aptly-named luxurious third floor corner suite features a kitchenette, upscale bath and a spectacular view of the city.
Simply the best.
Thank you to Melinda Josie for lending us three of her incredible works for the month of July. Silver-Haired Bat (top), Snowshoe Hare (middle), and Great Horned Owl (bottom) are featured en route to the 2nd floor Gladstone Gallery and should not be missed. Melinda is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. The Sheridan grad explores themes of folklore and fantasy through the lens of the everyday and is currently working free-lance illustrating children’s books, editorial work, creating textile designs, and making fine art for gallery shows and commissions.
Designed by Melissa Levin, the Puzzle Room, 309 uses jigsaw puzzles and video to explore and emphasize the similarities, connectedness and glamour of city skylines. Knowing that we all use landmarks as a way to locate ourselves, especially when exploring a new city, room 309 gives travelers something to puzzle.
Love the raw Queen West art vibe? Then you’ll love the Queen Suite on Queen Street, Room 308. Designed by D’arcy St. Pierre and Tim Friesen, room 308 fuses the graffiti-tagged back alleys of Queen West with the Victorian influenced insides of the hotel. Get in touch with the Toronto art scene without ever leaving your room!
The Sketchbook Project is a mobile library of handmade sketchbooks contributed to by thousands of creative people from across the globe. The Project encourages everyone — from anywhere — regardless of their creative background, to create and share their process with the public.
Participants sign up online (2013 registration now underway) to receive a blank sketchbook, then fill it with artwork and mail it back. The results are cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, displayed online in the Digital Library, and exhibited at museums and arts festivals from coast to coast including right here at The Gladstone July 19th (opening reception), 6-10pm at the 2nd floor gallery. Demonstrating the power of collaboration: when 10,000 people get together with a common purpose, we can create something uniquely awesome, here’s a look at Anders K. Iden for The Sketchbook Project 2012. Theme: Heroes and Villains, titled Heroes and Villains. Location: Lawrence, KS.
2nd Floor Gallery:
July 19th (opening reception), 6-10pm
July 20th-22nd, 2-6pm
Not Redrum–it’s the Red Room | 303 designed by RUCKUS (Kate Austin + Kristin Ledgett). Explore the luxury, glamor, drama, passion and heat of the colour red. Furnished in high-gloss lacquers and richly patterned silks the Red Room is a celebration of colour, pattern and texture.