With just over a week until Come Up To My Room 2019 takes over the Gladstone — from studios installations to public paintings to dance parties — the intricate process that many artists are following is now coming neatly together. Works have been conceptualized, workshopped, adjusted, imagined and reimagined, and finally assembled. All that remains is to bring them into the hotel for the exhibition, where the installations will take on a new life as they are mediated by the space, the adjacent work, and the shows’ viewers.
Textile artist Ilze Godlevskis has had an extra step involved in her process as she’s prepared to exhibit her sculpture Water Bed for the hotel’s 3rd floor lobby. The textile piece has just been brought to Toronto from Milan, where Ilze works as an artistic designer. Assembled at a studio in Toronto after months of preparation, Water Bed was made both in the artist’s shop in Milan—a studio that uses traditional manual machinery— as well as at a CNC shop here in Toronto. Ilze tells us she “liked the combination of industry and artisanal art. Industry isn’t just for mass production, you can be creative too, working with the people who know their skills as well.” CNC Cutting are sponsors for Water Bed: Check out CNC Cutting’s website to see more of their creative projects.
Sneak Peak Of Water Bed for Come Up To My Room 2019
The work has a lot to say about the role of technology in creativity. For Ilze, “whatever machine you’re using is valid as long as you’re using it in a unique way.” Water Bed, with its colourful and bright interior and its clear plexiglass frame, is a a product of both the modern CNC machine and a knitting machine called a dubied: “The machines that I use are from the 60s, nobody really uses them anymore, but we can now use them in a contemporary way.”
The concept for this piece is also as much about the materials as the methods:
“I do textile arts, but I was exposed to some plexiglass work in Milan, and wanted to incorporate it into this work too. It gives a nice transparent framing for the textiles. It feels a lot lighter than a more solid base. With the textiles this base can be quite dynamic and bright. The concept was to create a container for the textiles so the two elements can play off each other.”
Ravels Knitwear supplied Ilze’s knitting machinery for Water Bed project: Check out their website!
Now that the different elements of the work have come together and Come Up To My Room is just around the corner, Ilze is looking forward to experiencing her first Toronto Design Week alongside the festival. “Come Up To My Room seems like a place where people go to see something new, cool and impressive. The show is curated based on skill and a conscious overview of the concepts of art + design.”
As to how she hopes the audience will engage with the show once it’s up, Ilze believes “it’s good for people to understand that textiles and clothing are handmade, not just something to be bought and consumed. There’s so much more related to it, like the local economy and smart buying; being in touch with the materials and the process is important.”
Work on display at Milan Design Week 2018 — Follow Ilze Godlevskis on Instagram for more stunning installations!
Water Bed is a soft sculpture representing of a series of dreams about water, experienced by, the artist, Ilze Godlevskis. Curved, bent sculptured cushions emulate flowing and bubbling water, resting and intertwining on a bed frame. Soft forms and volumes of the hand-made cushions combine together in a fluid mass, making material, a dream world of water.