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Public Space: John Mestito and Roland Ulfig


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John Mestito and Roland Ulfig met while working together at KPMB architects. Their artistic partnership brings a bold graphic and architectural approach that is holistic and engaging to their public installations. Located above the entrance vestibule of the Gladstone Hotel, “Patterning” can be viewed from both street level and the vestibule inside. The installation engages …

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Room: Fugitive Glue


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Fugitive Glue is a design collective, consisting of a diverse team of multidisciplinary talents. We are designers, but we are also businesspeople, adept at interpreting consumer insights by applying strategic thinking to help clients achieve their objectives. The term UPHOARDING describes the theme of our exhibition as well as the activity of gathering waste objects …

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Room: Darklab


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Is it… alive? From the depths of the Mariana Trench comes “DarkLab” — a reactive sound/sculpture installation presented by SubZeroArts team-members Deane Hughes and Christine Beaumont. Drawing from their creative experience and installations for ScotiaBank Nuit Blanche (Toronto), The Heart Machine (Burning Man, Nevada) and MUTEK (Montreal), the team explores the notion that not only …

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Room: vÆry studio


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vÆry studio is a collaboration between Richard D’Alessandro and Sonja Storey-Fleming, who are both currently pursuing their Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. Their work addresses their individual fascinations with spaces of shifting, indiscernible dimension, and with dynamic form, themes that are united in a preoccupation with tension and intrigue in the built …

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Public Space: Sonia Tyagi


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A special thanks to Neelam Tyagi, without her this project would not be possible Sonia Tyagi graduated from Ryerson University’s Fashion Communication program in 2006, where she won an honourable mention for a design competition from Shiseido. Her love of fashion and design has been highly influenced by her travels across Europe, Asia, and North America over …

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Room: [R]ED[U]X LAB


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Nestled within the framework of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson, the contributors and talents that compose [R]ED[U]X LAB fluctuate within its capacity to create an ever evolving extrospective engine. Rooted in a culture of design inquiry and innovation, [R]ED[U]X LAB’s transient contributors are nevertheless bound by the task of pursuing the intersection between …

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Public Space: Matthew Davis & Aurelia Adams


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Aurelia Adams and Matthew Davis are completing their 3rd year of study at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Aurelia draws inspiration for her work from the manipulation of materials, changing the way something is perceived and allowing for the creation of new ideas.  She has interned for different firms such as; Parkin Architects …

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Public Space: Interstice Studio


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Interstice Studio is Victoria Beltrano, Fiona Lim Tung, and Kristen Lim Tung. They are a newly formed collective, brought together for CUTMR 2012. Their experience spans all scales of design, from small objects to buildings to urban design. Their project, CAST, is a public space installation that explores the potentials of material reuse. CAST takes …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Sonia Tyagi


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Sonia Tyagi draws her inspiration from textiles.  In the triptych below, she describes how, at left, the textiles look before pattern cutting begins. At centre, the assembled fabric set aside for a specific work assumes the quality of a single unit, while at right, as she relates it, the colour story begins to unfold. Sonia’s …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: John Mestito and Roland Ulfig


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John Mestito and Roland Ulfig bring a bold graphic and architectural approach to their public installations, and CUTMR 2012 promises to be no exception. Below, Roland Ulfig’s Meccano-set inspired “Some Assembly Required,” renders an illustration of a 3D object on a flat surface. It was displayed in the Stantec Window Gallery last summer. John Mestito’s …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: vÆry Studio


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vÆry Studio is Richard Philip D’Alessandro and Sonja Storey-Fleming, a duo with work spanning video, architectural concepts, and installations. Below, a video still reflecting an ongoing examination of how natural forces can be used to challenge perceived boundaries and scale in architectural space. In this case, tide defines space by its dynamism and scalar variation, …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: RAD|LAB


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Within the framework of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson, RAD|LAB’s contributors and talents fluctuate, within its capacity to create an ever-evolving extrospective engine. Rooted in a culture of design inquiry and innovation, RAD|LAB’s contributors, though transient, explore contemporary design using visionary technologies and media. The LAB’s students employ tools ranging from advanced parametric software …

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Public Displays of Affection Art Fundraiser: Hallowe’en Edition


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The CUTMR alumni of PDA are holding another Art Fundraiser — a silent auction with proceeds going to the 40 Oaks project. If you’re not already familiar with Public Displays of Affection: they’re a loosely-structured collective of Torontonians dedicated to community-engaged design. They’ve completed projects like PDA for Edmond Place, which furnished a Parkdale affordable …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Interstice Studio


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Interstice Studio is Victoria Beltrano, Fiona Lim-Tung, and Kristen Lim-Tung. Fiona and Kristen are returning CUTMRers; in 2010, together with Lisa Keophila and Jonathan Margono, they created a bedroom installation featuring a canopy of paper flowers. The sisters continued their work with paper for a photographic collaboration based on the concept of a menagerie.  Here’s …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: DarkLab


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DarkLab is Deane Hughes and Christine Beaumont. DarkLab is currently working on an interactive art installation for the upcoming Nuit Blanche. As visitors enter the installation, their movements are transformed using echolocation technology into a blend of light, video and 3D audio that constantly re-generates, morphs and immerses the participants. Combining computer vision software, generative …

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CUTMR 2012 Preview: Matthew Davis and Aurelia Adams


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The participants for the 9th annual show — taking place this January 27 to 29th (mark your calendars now!) — have been selected!  Over the coming months, we’ll be introducing (or re-introducing) you to the brave exhibitors you can expect to see. The distinction of being first belongs to Matthew Davis and Aurelia Adams, both …

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CUTMR — Orest Tataryn


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The Melody Bar got a colour injection from local artist Orest Tataryn, who should be no stranger to fans of Come Up To My Room — his works were featured in 2006 and 2010, as well as in many galleries across the city.  For 2011, Tataryn’s signature use of light and colour enlivened the Gladstone’s …

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CUTMR 2011 — The Brothers Dressler


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Longtime friends of the show Jason and Lars Dressler were in the spotlight during Toronto Design Week 2011, hosting an entire pavilion at the Interior Design Show.  But they saved one piece for CUTMR.  With its Frankensteinian aspect, perhaps the Treebuilt floor lamp was just a little too out there for IDS — but it …

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CUTMR 2011 — Chaos Theory


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Becky Lane and Chrissy Poitras — also known as Chaos Theory — combine aspects of both art and design into their projects.  Lane’s background in interior design may be behind her fascination with incorporating found objects in her work, while Poitras’s training as a painter and printmaker is evident in the more graphic elements of …

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CUTMR 2011 — Mark McLean


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Mark McLean may be a newcomer to Toronto’s design scene, but you’d never guess looking at his Dollar Store Triptych — three popular pieces assembled from objects commonly found in dollar stores, objects familiar enough to Canadians that the work resonated with an almost nostalgic quality. The first panel, at a glance, had a fibrous …

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CUTMR 2011 — Rina Grosman & Vivien Cheng


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If CUTMR 2011 could be said to have a centrepiece, it would have to be Rina Grosman and Vivien Cheng’s room-enveloping installation Macrobiotic.  The orthogonal planes of the Gladstone’s alcove were rendered unrecognizable, buried under clusters of alveoli-like orbs.  Evoking everything from bacilli to puffy white clouds, there’s something oddly comforting about the installation’s organic …

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CUTMR 2011 — Room 212


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Rob Southcott’s quirky contribution requires some unpacking to fully appreciate.  Take Jet Set: what’s obvious at a glance is that the walls are covered with paper airplanes, as if they had dive-bombed the room en masse.  What’s not obvious until you get closer — much closer — is that these paper airplanes are not only …

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CUTMR 2011 — Room 208


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Derek Liddington’s contribution to CUTMR 2011’s full title is Group of Objects Arranged by the Artist While Considering the Aesthetic and Compositional Arguments of Minimalism, Formalism, Postmodernism and Conceptual Art.  Half installation, half performance, the complete work included framed art, collaborators wearing Andy Warhol masks, and a series of empty frames arranged and re-arranged by …

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CUTMR 2011 — Room 205


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At this year’s CUTMR, room 205 was transformed by Studio 1:1 into an interactive twilit wonderland.  Titled DeSpaced, the setup included a ceiling blanketed with tiny fibre-optic stars that shimmered in response to input from an iPod Touch. Almost as impressive as the stars above was the insanely complex network of 5000 metres of fibre …

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