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 takeover. Come on in, and explore!
RYERSON ARTSPACE PRESENTS ARCHESTRA | ART BAR
Ripple is a poetic yet playful embodiment of the notion that we can achieve more together than alone, that every action creates a ripple effect. It is a giant collective instrument from which melodies emerge through collaboration. The installation encourages movement of the whole body and stimulates ownership of the space by you, the user. Website: http://ripplemakesmusic.tumblr.com
CHINEDU UKABAM | SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM
At Come Up To My Room, art transforms every nook and cranny – including the bathrooms! In Africa, as in many other parts of the world, a hairstyle is often named after the famous people that inspired them (Tyson or Ronaldo) or the characteristics it is supposed to bestow upon its adorner (Pretty Boy or Aristocrat). The African barber is not just in the business of cutting hair, he is engaged in the service of shaping identity. The “Style & Profile” installation will explores the duplicity and ephemeralness of identity using the visual language of the hand painted barbershop signs and murals seen throughout Africa. Website: supafrik.com
INVENTION SQUAD (VIZ SARABY/AMANDA PICKUP) | MAIN FLOOR EVENT
Welcome to Philaphobia. Enter a world that is part fun palace, full of inviting nooks and crannies and unexpected treats and part sinister den evoking childhood anxieties. In this hands-on installation participants, young and old are invited to add their own childhood terror or delight to an evolving modular sculpture. Website: www.inventionsquad.ca