Come Up To My Room is Toronto’s biggest alternative art and design event, and it’s coming to the Gladstone for the 13th year in a row from Jan 21-24 (RSVP on our Facebook Page Here!) We’re inviting everyone to come inside the hotel’s storied suites and see them transformed by the vision of each artist/designer. It’s what the Gladstone is all about – collaboration, alchemy, community, trust and risk in a full-building art and design takeover. Come on in, and explore!
Today, we’re exploring artists who are manipulating materials and shapes to generate new ways of working and thinking.
NICOLE BENO | MAIN FLOOR PUBLIC SPACE
Nicole Beno is a graphic designer/visual artist from Toronto, working with bold colours, layers and screen printed compositions. Beno’s work inspires you to think like a kid – imaginative, with a healthy dose of play and experimentation! Visit the artist’s website: nicolebeno.net
VIRGINIA MELNYK | GROUND FLOOR LOBBY
Emerging from the study of crystals and growth patterns, the tetrahedral shapes are organized in such a pattern that they are nested along the ceiling in the public space of the Gladstone hotel. Enter the space and become part of the installation as an interactive kaleidoscope. Visit the artist’s website: http://virginiamelnyk.blogspot.com
F_RMLAB (RON ADRIANO, JUSTIN NG, TRISTAN SITO, ERIC OH) | 3RD FLOOR, SOUTH CORRIDOR
A drooping canopy connected to a series of motored wires holds small balls, and activated by the presence of people. With each progressive person that moves through the corridor, the arrangement of the balls changes, mapping the accumulated navigations of the space. Visit the website: http://frmlab.com/
ILEANA ACEVEDO + LISA CANOY (IALC) | 3RD FLOOR, NORTH CORRIDOR
Paper City is a geometric translation of the development of Toronto. Where six units interconnect to make a single shape. Their union representative of the six townships that formed this dynamic city. These paper forms multiply like a growing populace. The densification creates an origamic sculpture. Visit the website: www.studioialc.com
GALERIE YOUN | 4TH FLOOR PUBLIC SPACE
Gallery Youn is located in the dynamic and creative Mile End district of Montreal. The gallery presents Dear Human, Christine Kim and Jay Dart. Visit the website: galerieyoun.com
Dear Human (Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell) works in various domains that include public space projects, product design and the applied arts. The collaboration is rooted in their common interests in craft traditions, sustainable making, and unconventional material (re)use.
Christine Kim is a Toronto-based artist who works primarily in illustration and cut paper collage, such as the paper dodecahedrons exhibited at CUTMR. Her work explores issues of boundaries. Through her artwork she speaks to a sense of being uprooted, displaced, circling around borderlines both permeable and permanent.
Jay Dart recently begun creating installation pieces based on his two-dimensional narrative works, the most recent of which can be seen in his recent book Wanderer of Yawnder from Galerie Youn.