In a few short weeks artists and designers from all over the city and beyond will take over the hotel with immersive art and design installations for Come Up To My Room 2019. Now in it’s 15th year, Come Up To My Room invites artists and designers to create 4-day site-specific, immersive installations that are excitingly imaginative, political, through-provoking, and also fun.
As an antidote to our current uncertain times and gloomy contemporary issues, this year’s works revel in playfulness and lightheartedness. Here, artists and designers are the optimistic superheroes we need, providing us with creative solutions and shifts in perspectives through these spaces that remove us from our everyday. Light, colour, and sound are warped to create fun (yet at times uncomfortable) spaces that bring familiar elements and creative approaches to life in unexpected ways. An element of the unexpected is a huge part of Come Up To My Room: While artists document their process throughout their studio preparation for the show, the exact look and feel of the exhibition comes together only once all the works are in the space next to one another.
That doesn’t mean we can’t show some samples of just a few of the exciting things to come at this year’s exhibition though!
Femmes of Fire: Celebrating Queer Identities in Natalie King’s Stunning Work
Natalie King’s Femme’s of Fire illuminates the existence of the queer body. The beautifully colourful work embraces femininity in all forms, celebrating its existence and reconciling the trauma, hostile behaviour and anxiety toward queer femme identities. The figures in Femme’s of Fire are placed as monumental figures that celebrate resiliency, confirm creativity and place queer femmes as leaders who have always been at the forefront of our collective queer history.
Making Murals Using Locally Sourced Pigments: Meet Cole Swanson
Terraflora is an ephemeral mural made up of regional clays and soils. Each pigment is being hand-rendered and extracted to reveal a range of mineral colours, including hues taken from local sites near the Cheltenham Badlands and the peaks of the Scarborough Bluffs. More info here!
#CUTMR2019 will feature over 20 projects with over 50 participants! Join CUTMR2019 curators Jana Macalik, Jennie Suddick, and Lee Petrie in celebrating 16 years of art and design at Toronto’s leading art hotel.