The Gladstone’s annual alternate art + design event is just around the corner and we’re looking back at some of the art projects that really blew us away over the years. For a complete look at all the past art installation from 2004 to the upcoming 2018 exhibition please visit comeuptomyroom.com.
What is Come Up to My Room?
Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 128-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.
“Come Up to My Room is grassroots. It’s where ideas are born. It’s where people come to take part. It’s accessible. It allows art and design to collide, unite, melt, disagree, catch a cold, get better, hold a grudge, spread a rumour, take risks, fight and makeup. What differentiates the artists and designers who show at CUTMR each year is their willingness to take risks, to push their ideas, to evoke meaning not just function. They will transform all 4 floors of the hotel with their site-specific installations.” – Christina Zeidler, Chief Alchemist at Gladstone Hotel + Co-Founder of CUTMR
The 15th Anniversary of CUTMR will take place between January 18 and January 21, 2018, in conjunction with Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) Interior Design Show (IDS); will feature over 25 projects presented by individuals, collectives, and multidisciplinary teams from Canadian and International participants. Get your tickets here.
And now, a few of the most memorable projects at Come Up To My Room from 2004-2017:
VIRGINIA MELNYK | GROUND FLOOR LOBBY (CUTMR 2016)
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. Using reflective fabrics the colors and people in the space are brought into the installation as an interactive kaleidoscope. Light bounces around the space brightening and colorizing the room.
Virginia Melnyk is a designer, Architect, and artist. Working in the realm of social installation art. Her work involves repetition of parts and patterns. Using computational design and advanced fabrication techniques she is pushing the limits of possibilities in design and art.
DTAH | PUBLIC SPACE – GREEN ROOF (CUTMR 2015)
An ode to the construction wave. A celebration of growth, prosperity, and sustainable optimism. This installation reflects on the moment when the boom swings overhead, casting shadows of transformation below. The city we live in cloaks itself in orange plastic.
JORDAN EVANS, RYLA JAKELSKI + EVAN JERRY WITH LOIS WEINTHAL (RSID) | PUBLIC SPACE (CUTMR 2014)
A string is all it takes, to change this place.
Hanging Matters, an inverted terrain, is intended to alter and transform as a composition over the duration of the installation through the participation in its destruction. The mass intends to capture people’s attention through the creation of a dynamic and layered ceiling plane, compelling people to dwell within this in-between space. Playful yet provocative, the abstracted piñatas reveal their contents upon release, creating a moment reflective of child-like intrigue, wonder, and surprise. The interior therefore develops a sense of ambiguity, with the space evolving as people so choose, from regulation to mess in an unknown span of time. Through the alteration of individual modules, the physical space mirrors the activity below over time, becoming a catalogued topography of party happenings.
What are we even talking about?
You’ll have to pull a string to find out.
ALLYSON MITCHELL AND MAGAZIN FLAIR | ROOM 207 (CUTMR 2005)
Granny Square Wreck Room
Allyson Mitchell and Magazin Flair have married their obsessive, compulsive collections to create Granny Square Wreck Room. This recreation of the experience of hiding in Granny’s blanket box simultaneously conjures both the creepy and the cozy. Room 207 will push your buttons and bows, releasing the sweet musk of nostalgia while honouring the glorious art of crochet.
Paul Campbell is the co-director at Magazin Flair, a department store incorporating modernist furnishings, art, and fashion. Paul is an artist/designer/teacher and gallery director with an enviable fine arts academic background.
Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist who makes objects and installations with fun fur, found objects and abandoned crafts. She has also produced 22 films and videos. Mitchell is currently writing her dissertation about far women, power, and space; and teaches activism and pop culture at York University.
A0 (ALSO COLLECTIVE + MASON STUDIO) | ROOM 214 (CUTMR 2014)
Fall of the Walled Garden explores the creation of public and private space. Participants are transported from the Gladstone into an unfamiliar multifaceted structure. Participants are asked to commit their hearts, breath, skin, and mind while they are walked through an introspective mindfulness journey. The participant’s physical and emotional response is played out for the whole of the public to see as it transforms the room into a chamber of audio and light.
JACQUES BILODEAU | ROOM 206 (CUTMR 2008)
Jacques Bilodeau’s work is located on the periphery between art, architecture and design. His research on the body, space and multifunctional habitats explores the architectural presuppositions associated with domestic life: how do we live in our private spaces? The objects he designs integrate and fuse into existing architectural elements, transforming space according to the moment’s needs as determined by the user.
For more than twenty years Jacques Bilodeau’s work has been exhibited in art and architecture centers nationally and internationally. In 2006 his work was the subject of an exhibition at University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture; in the same year, he participated in the Biennale d’art Contemporain du Havre in France. In 2007 he participated in Artefact Urban Sculptures in Montreal and is preparing a book on his architectural and artistic production, scheduled for release in February 2008.
His major architectural projects include: Chateaubriand residence (2005-6) and Claude Cormier residence (2003-4). His work has been featured in publications such as Canadian Architect (2004); Azure (2001 & 2004), Objekt, Netherlands (2003); Canadian Interiors (2001); Work space design, Japan (1989(; Interior Magazine, USA (1988).
MARCIN PADLEWSKI & ANISSA SZETO | PUBLIC SPACE (CUTMR 2009)
The Lanark Sofa Project is a collection of objects made from fallen and dying trees. Sculpted to exploit the sinuous grace of both trunk and limbs, these (re)creations invite you to rest on, dine at or climb on them.
Marcin Padlewski (Gdansk, Poland) and Anissa Szeto (Hong Kong) met during their architecture studies at Carleton University in Ottawa (1992-99). Soon after graduating they established the studio/workshop: Bakerygroup (1999) along with their third partner Michel DuVernet. The group takes on a wide range of projects and collaborations that eventually focus on tensile structures as applied to lighting and tents.
Recently Anissa and Marcin made a move to the countryside (Lanark Highlands, ON) where they established a new workshop base and began a personal experiment in alternative living. The great outdoors becomes a natural extension of the studio. Issues of environment, shelter and community take on a greater role in their work as they maintain their tested adage of designing by making.
SARAH KEENLYSIDE AND JOSEPH CLEMENT (THE RACKET CLUB) | ROOM 214 (CUTMR 2016)
Without a doubt, the all-time coolest teen bedroom belonged to Ferris Bueller, and we intend to recreate it. The Cabaret Voltaire and Simple Minds posters, the snore recording, the keyboard that coughs, the mannequin in the bed that turns over when the door opens… EVERY. SINGLE. DETAIL. Visitors can check on how Ferris is feeling, bring flowers and see if he’d like some chicken soup. Part re-creation, part marathon scavenger hunt, this installation will immerse viewers in a setting oddly familiar, yet distant in both time and space.
The Racket Club is the creative collaboration between Sarah Keenlyside and Joseph Clement. They are both filmmakers and artists. Sarah is an associate producer for CBC TV’s weekly arts show “Exhibitionists,” and also creates temporary art projects for events like Nuit Blanche and CUTMR. Joseph is a trained landscape architect-turned filmmaker working on his first feature doc about Toronto’s Integral House. Their work is inspired by the relationship between individuals and environments.
The Racket Club ignited a media and fan frenzy – over 10,000 visitors saw it in Toronto, Chicago, and Niagara Falls in the 9 days it was open to the public. This year access to Ferris Bueller’s room returns, only this time Sarah Keenlyside and Ryan Mains have created a virtual reality version. More info on that here.
CUTMR will run from January 18-21, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W). Join us for the following events:
Jan 20, 7-10pm – OPENING RECEPTION + PARTY
Jan 20, 10-Late – LOVE DESIGN Party (Opening / After Party)
Jan 21, 1-3pm – TSA Ideas Forum (TO DO)
(Exhibition Hours: Thursday Jan 18 7-10pm | Friday Jan 19 11am-10pm | Saturday Jan 20 11am-10pm (Opening) | Sunday Jan 21 11am-5pm)