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It finally feels like summer is in full swing here in Toronto, and we’re happily enjoying the comfort of our air conditioning. As much as people know that we’re an art hotel, people sometimes forget that we have gallery spaces that are open to the public every day. While you may not walk in to a Holiday Inn and go upstairs to where the hotel rooms are, here we encourage it! Our hotel rooms are all located on the 3rd & 4th floors, where we also have full gallery spaces with ever-changing exhibitions. They’re open every day to the public 12-5pm.
So, if you’re in the neighbourhood & it starts bucketing rain, get out of the bus shelter and come hang out with us. Or if you’ve been enjoying the local shopping and need to get out of the heat, come enjoy the a/c. Grab a drink and wander around, or sit and relax for a snack.
Take a look at all our upcoming exhibitions & don’t forget to look around when you’re here. There’s art everywhere!
artwork in the stairwell by Bruno Billio
Still need to cross a few more people off your holiday list? The Art Market just listed us in their 2012 Holiday Gift Guide and we think they’re onto something.
Like Bruno Billio’s pure art water, sourced from suite 209 at the Gladstone Hotel where Bruno has been living as our artist in residence for the last 10 years. Available at the Gladstone Gift Shop.
Or, a Gladstone Holiday Gift Card. Perfect if you want to avoid the mall and need a last minute, artsy gift idea for someone special. Available by calling 416 531 4635 ext 0 or in person at the front desk of the hotel (1214 Queen Street West).
Now, stop procrastinating by reading things on the internet, and go out and finish your holiday shopping finally!
The Textile Museum of Canada is presenting its signature fundraising event and gala: BMO Financial Group reDesign 2012, on Wednesday November 7th, in the Oval Square of the Shops at Hazelton Lanes in Yorkville.
40 leading Canadian artists, designers have been asked to re-imagine and refurbish identical Eames-style chairs (provided by MORBA), to be sold in this year’s silent auction, and our resident artist Bruno Billio is one of them!
Are you suffering from a creative block? Maybe all you need is some of Bruno Billio’s Pure Art Water (30$), available at the front desk Gift Shop.
It sure been working for Bruno!
Designed by our artist in residency, Bruno Billio, the Billio Room, 314 features many of the original Gladstone antiques – repurposed to create an atmosphere of nostalgic grandeur that includes modern conveniences for the contemporary traveler.
In referencing historic photographs of the Gladstone Hotel rooms and in collecting original Gladstone period pieces of furniture, room 314 attempts to envelope the guest with sensations of what was the Gladstone and what the Gladstone has come to be.
Rich Italian fabrics, with floral patterns of red, gold and fuchsia drape the two large picture windows. An enlarged copy of proposed elevations to the Gladstone, by original architect George Miller, hangs on the east wall. In contemporary contrast, a string installation seems to float along the ceiling just above the classical queen size bed like a dream catcher.
Bruno Billio is not only our point Gladstone historian, he’s also a Canadian installation/sculptor/designer artist and the Resident Artist at the Hotel. Bruno is also the designer of the Billio, Room 314 and co-designer of Gladstone Classic, Room 414 as well as many other artful treasures around the hotel.
With almost 10 years of Gladstone residency behind him (that’s right he was living here before and during the big renovations), Bruno has lots of wild insights to share about the hotel and its surroundings.
Meet Bruno at the front desk of the Hotel at 1pm sharp this Saturday July 28. Admission is $15 and includes the tour and a mimosa! Buy Tickets online for July 28 here.
Bruno Billio is currently the Resident Artist at the Gladstone Hotel. Billio is a Canadian artist working from an interdisciplinary background. At once an installation artist, a sculptor, and a designer, Billio creates challenging works informed by his command of each of these practices.
Billio is fascinated by the architecture of spaces and objects. He transforms everyday objects, re-purposing them and even redefines the scale and position of objects. He is known for his stacked sculptures of furniture, found objects and string installations.
Billio’s artistic practice is informed by the active displacement and staging of the found object, a contemporary art strategy with a historically established lineage. The everyday is reinterpreted through its spatial and contextual re-appropriation by the artist, who presents himself as both an interventionist and an inventor.
The architectural tendencies in Billio’s work are revealed in the structural play and whimsy of many of his installation pieces. Whether a fireplace seemingly elevated by women’s shoes, or columns of books creating literal textual armatures in an interior, the ironic negotiation of utility, culture, and aesthetic is always seemingly at the forefront of the artist’s imagination. Nickel plated suitcases, and perforated suitcases illuminated from within, reveal a tendency towards the investigation of interiors and exteriors, structural combinations and compromises, all informed by an aesthetic sensibility which is fuelled by his sophisticated sense of design.