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Come Up To My Room 2012 Photos – [R]ED[U]X LAB



Over the next two weeks keep a watchful eye here on the Come Up To My Room blog as we release photography daily from the show. Below are shots of Room 205 by [R]ED[U]X LAB. Nestled within the framework of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson, the contributors and talents that compose [R]ED[U]X LAB …

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CUTMR 2012 High Rez Photography


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TERMS OF USE: All photography must be credited to: Agata and Lucas Piskunowicz. All photos must be captioned by the artist/design or group name as indicated in the file name, ie “room 201 – Wendy W Fok.jpg”.  The first part of the file name before the dash, “Room 201” indicates the room number or title …

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CUTMR Love Design Party


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The Love Design Party is the free, all night party where we celebrate our love of design. Come Up To My Room and the Gladstone Hotel host all the alternative, indie designers from the city and their enthusiasts at this no-nonsense dance-a-thon. 2012 Love Design Party – Sat, Jan 28, 2012 – Gladstone Hotel, 1214 …

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CUTMR is part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival!


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Toronto Design Offsite (TO DO) is an indie design festival with events and exhibitions that happen during Toronto design week:  January 23-29, 2012. Check out the over 20 exhibition and installation based events here.


Video: Come Up To My Room 2011


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Check out the video of Come Up To My Room 2011 by Matthew Nayman, Sean Manton and Pouyan Fard. Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are …

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PechaKucha at the Garrison – Nov 3


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PechaKucha is an event where designers and design enthusiasts sharing inspiring work through slide presentations of 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Its high octane super casual and fun stuff! PechaKucha Night in Toronto Vol. 11 will take place November 3 at The Garrison, an indie music venue and bar — organizer Vivien Leung has even …

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Digifest 2011


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One of the most compelling festivals the city has to offer is Digifest! It starts next week so you had better grab your tickets soon. Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating innovation and digital creativity. From October 26-30, we will be bringing together some of the world’s best and brightest to showcase next generation digital …

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IWB Year End Exhibition


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Check out a year’s worth of work from the students from the Institute Without Boundaries.  The opening reception is next Friday, June 3, 2011, 7 – 10 p.m. School of Design, George Brown College 230 Richmond St. East, Toronto (Side entrance off laneway) This project aims to use collaboration and interdisciplinary design to create a …

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CUTMR 2012 Call for Submissions


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COME UP TO MY ROOM 2012 The Gladstone Hotel’s 9th Annual Alternative Design Event January 26 – 29, 2012 (Coinciding with Toronto International Design Festival and the Interior Design Show) Submissions Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 ATTENTION: DESIGNERS, ARCHITECTS, VISUAL ARTISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, SCULPTORS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS, SET DESIGNERS, PROP MAKERS, SOUND ENGINEERS, CERAMACISTS, TEXTILE ARTISTS, CRAFTS …

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morestuff


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Click here to download rooms. Click here to download public space pieces.


Wish you were here!


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A CUTMR Installation CUTMR attendees use bodily movement to inflate the glove on the left.  Web users click to inflate the glove on the right.  Watch them flail or participate by visiting www.wish-you-were-here.ca If there is no feed, it’s bed time. ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz


Video Interview: Jeremy Vandermeij


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I was the last person to get interviewed for this awesome series completed by Christina Zeidler for TO DO. I’ve been co-curating Come Up To My Room for the last three years, am the Creative Director at the Gladstone Hotel and co-founded and run socio-sustainable design organization Public Displays of Affection. In the video I …

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CUTMR in NOW Magazine


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Check out Come Up To My Room in the last week’s print issue of NOW Magazine and on their website! Click here to download the PDF version.



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Video Interview with Curator Deborah Wang


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Christina Zeidler and I caught up with Deborah Wang, co-curator of Come Up To My Room (CUTMR), designer, artist and architecture aficionado. CUTMR is a TO DO event and partner. Deborah shares her thoughts on the design scene in Toronto.


FREE: Love Design Party


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Grab a cocktail, mingle and dance while surrounded by the massive installation by LeuWebb Projects. Comprised of a pneumatic cloud of flickering light that reflects the sonic textures of the surrounding environment, this installation creates a unique sensory experience. Music by Toronto DJ legends Denise Benson and DJ Joe Blow. Since 2003 Come Up To …

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CUTMR Design Talks: What TO DO?


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Saturday, January 29, 2011 |11am to 2pm | FREE Gladstone Hotel Ballroom | 1214 Queen St West | Limited Seating Hosted By: Jeremy Vandermeij This year’s CUTMR Design Talks asks the organizers of Toronto’s Design Offsite (TO DO) shows: What to do? Representatives from MADE at Home, the Institute Without Boundaries, Capacity, Tools and CUTMR …

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors


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A super special thank you to Circuit Gallery who are generously supporting the CUTMR Retrospective show by printing all of our photography! Circuit Gallery specializes in affordable, limited editions of contemporary photographic, digital, and print-based works on paper. We also wanted to say thanks again to all our great sponsors this year, Now Magazine, Moco …

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TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite


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I’m happy to announce that I am one of the Founders and the Producer of the newly created TO DO: Toronto Design Offsite. Deborah Wang, who I co-curate Come Up To My Room with, is also involved in TO DO as the Projects Coordinator. Toronto Design Offsite brings together offsite exhibitions, parties and lectures during …

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Christina Zeidler & Deanne Lehtinen


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Bio Christina Zeidler is the developer and president of the Gladstone Hotel, focusing on the renovation and revitalization of the building through a community based approach, including design initiatives: the Artist Designed Room Project and co-founding CUTMR. Christina is also film and video artist with over thirty titles in distribution. Deanne Lehtinen is a furniture …

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CUTMR: Artifacts and Fantasy


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I just had this come across my desk today. Gordon Bowness at InToronto Magazine featured an interview with me about Come Up To My Room! Check out the excerpt below: Come Up to My Room (CUTMR) is a design event like no other. Furniture, lighting and industrial designers walk right up to installation art and …

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2011 Show Details Announced


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Thursday, January 27 to Sunday, January 30, 2011, daily at the Gladstone Hotel Regular Exhibition Hours: Friday, January 28, 12-8pm Saturday, January 29, 12-10pm Sunday, January 30, 12-5pm Press Preview: Thurs, Jan 27, 4-8pm (Gladstone Gallery) Student/Class Curators’ Tours: Fri, Jan 28, 12-5pm (must pre-register – click here) CUTMR Design Talks: Sat, Jan 29, 11am-2pm …

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Photos


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Click here to download the photos pre-photos from CUTMR 2011 Click here to download the promotional renderings from CUTMR 2011 Click here to download images of past CUTMR’s. Part 2


2011 Show


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Come Up To My Room Friday, January 28, 12-8pm Saturday, January 29, 12-10pm* Sunday, January 30, 12-5pm* Plus additional CUTMR events at the Gladstone Hotel (see below) Press Preview: Thurs, Jan 27, 4-8pm (Gladstone Gallery) Student/Class Curators’ Tours: Fri, Jan 28, 12-5pm (must pre-register – click here) CUTMR Design Talks: Sat, Jan 29, 11am-2pm (Gladstone …

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Orest Tataryn – Melody Bar


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As a light sculptor Tataryn is interested in transformation – how light can transform space, create optical illusions, project afterimages, and alter perception. With light there is always a second factor and that is colour, which is very important both for its emotional resonance and for it’s dissonance – it sparks my curiosity. oresttataryn.com


University of Waterloo Chair Projects


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The Chair Project Each year since 2009, Come Up To My Room curators have worked with professor Elizabeth English and visited to the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to select three to five chairs from their unique Chair Project. The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood …

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Pamila Matharu


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Pamila Matharu is an independent artist, cultural producer and educator. Her art practice is rooted in organizing projects, photography, film, video, and installation based work. Recent curatorial projects include: CUTMR with Christina Zeidler (2004-2008), TAAFI (Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, 2004, 2005) and Docu Lomo (Gallery TPW, 2002.) In 2005, she was short listed for …

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Bruno Billio – Room 209


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Apart from his own practice, he works with other artists, designers and architects to execute elements of their ideas in light and neon. Since 1989 he has run his own neon shop that became the foundation for the guerrilla art group Skunkworks/Outlaw Neon. He has been influenced by the simplicity in the design of light …

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Dennis Lin – Room 214


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Dennis Lin aims to make his sculptural and installation works without pretense. His initial reference points are folded into form, existing just beyond what is visible. From dynamic, hanging creations to static, grounded structures his works can be seen in cities worldwide including Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, and Toronto. For more information …

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Lubo Brezina & Scott Eunson – Room 207


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Trained as architects, Lubo and Scott have been collaborating on various projects for over a decade now.  In applying their design skills in the realm of woodworking, Lubo in the medium of furniture and Scott in sculptural work, their philosophy is simple: Respect the material. www.lubodesign.com www.scotteunson.com Click here to see their final installation for CUTMR …

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The Map Collective


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Andrew Chau & Patricia Joong Graduates of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Andrew and Trish currently work in architectural practices in Toronto. After spending the majority of the last several years in Montreal and China, Trish is having an awesome time rediscovering her hometown Toronto, most recently on two wheels. She enjoys live model sketching …

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Jen Spinner


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Jen Spinner is a Toronto artist and graphic designer whose work explores context and meaning in urban environments. She’s been busy exploring the secretive nature of fire escapes through a variety of mediums including photography, collage, screen printing and digital rendering. Jen has a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communication …

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Rob Southcott – Room 212


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Rob Southcott’s practice as an artist and designer is driven by a creative sensitivity for observation and synthesis. Seeking the excavation of form and its relationship to function and the social realm, Rob’s work explores the parameters of their reciprocity, collusion and exchange. Rob creates furniture, lighting, objects, and art pieces that address the potential …

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Chaos Theory


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Becky Lane & Chrissy Poitras Becky Lane is an emerging designer and Chrissy Poitras an emerging artist. Together they explore their shared fascination with the grander philosophical concepts of the universe, happenstance, and the everyday rituals of life. Becky Lane is the principal designer for the design studio, I Beast You. She has a degree in …

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Derek Liddington – Room 208


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Derek Liddington holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In his practice forms of mimicry, appropriation and translation are catalyst for the displacement of contemporary narratives. Through sculptural performances the work negotiates the role of these narratives in the development of culturally …

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Mark McLean


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This is Mark McLean’s first public show heralding his move from hobby artist to an emerging participant in Toronto’s art scene.  As a 20+ year veteran of the real estate industry in Toronto,  he currently manages one of the most avant-garde real estate offices in the city. Mark has always been intrigued in the merging of art …

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Patrick Svilans


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Patrick is a graduate of the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art & Design. He pays the bills doing restoration work on some of the most unique and interesting antique motor vehicles in the world. Patrick’s most recent series of machines are an attempt to express a particular philosophical concept or life …

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LeuWebb Projects


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Christine Leu and Alan Webb find inspiration and joy in creating immersive and interactive environments in publicly accessible spaces.  Their installation for Come Up To My Room 2011 represents the first creation in Toronto by LeuWebb Projects. Christine is an intern architect, writer, photographer, and teacher.  She interested in unique communities thriving in the everyday.  As such, …

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Brothers Dressler


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Twin woodworkers Jason and Lars Dressler, build furniture and other objects with a respect for material, process and craftsmanship. By focusing on creating at a local craft level, Brothers Dressler design and produce all of their custom furniture and batch production pieces out of their studio workshop in Toronto. Always looking for opportunities to repurpose …

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Amanda McCavour – Room 211


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McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation.  She has participated in international exhibitions and has recently completed residencies at Harbourfront Centre’s Textile Studio in Toronto and at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City. McCavour uses a sewing machine to create thread drawings and installations by …

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Studio 1:1 – Room 205


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Kira Varvanina & Edward Lin Studio 1:1 is a multi-faceted studio founded by Kira Varvanina and Edward Lin in 2010.  The studio takes on all design challenges and explorations with an emphasis on interactivity.  Being able to engage and communicate with the audience is an important element in architecture, sculpture and installation. Kira and Edward were formally …

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Xiaojing Yan – Room 210


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Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese born Toronto-based artist. She received her M.F.A on Sculpture from Indiana University, Pennsylvania, USA, and B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China.  As an artist migrating from China to North America, both her identity and her work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. In her …

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Jana Macalik | John Peterson | Diana Watters – Room 202


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This is a first time collaboration between Macalik, Peterson and Watters. Jana seeks to integrate art, science, and architecture to create memorable and immersive experiences, avidly developing and pursuing her philosophy of spatial narratives. She currently is a design researcher and professor at Ryerson, dreaming of further academic pursuits. As a practicing architect at KPMB …

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Rina Grosman and Vivien Cheng


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Rina Grosman has a BFA from York University and works as an art consultant with James Robertson Art Consultants. One of her more recent projects was The Lost and Found Forest installation for Nuit Blanche 2009, winner of the People’s Choice award. Upcoming installations in 2011 include the MADE cooler and The Spoke Club. Vivien Cheng created the …

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The Cyborgesses – Room 206


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Jen Prather & Stephanie Mansolf Spiders and Test tubes, Stephanie Mansolf & Jen Prather collaborative piece, 2010 Stephanie Mansolf works creating large scale installations, primarily compromised of large scale vinyl decals and cut out drawings. Mansolf’s work employs an excessive and intentional overuse of Aesthetics pushed to the point of obsession. Interested in creating life sized …

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groundWork – Room 204


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Working under the name groundWork, the team is comprised entirely of 3rd and 4th year students from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Reflected within groundWork is an ambition, outside of their academic obligations, to realize a range of interests related to furniture design, computation-based form-finding, responsive architectures, and public space. groundWork is Daniela …

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Nuit Blanche Stuff


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Click here to download THE PSD FILE WITH THE FEATHERS. Click here to download the illustrator file.


Denise Ing & Ken Leung


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Denise Ing is a former resident artist at the Living Arts Centre whose work has been exhibited at Queen’s Park and Harbourfront Centre. Departing from craft practices, her sound installation, The Hyland, was exhibited at Toronto Free Gallery and, most recently, her interactive installation piece, 12 Hours of Power, was featured in the 2009 Toronto edition of Nuit …

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Anokhi


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Images


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Click here to Download Images of our Melody Bar, Art Bar and Café Click Here to Download Images of Gladstone Hotel Rooms Click here to Download Images of our Public Spaces Click Here to Download Images of Random Events Click here to Download Images of our Come Up To My Room – Our largest self …

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2010 Show


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What did you think of the 2010 Show?  Please leave a comment below, we would love to hear what you have to say!


Lorella Di Cintio and Jonsara Ruth – Room 206


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Artist Statement: The artists’ installation works transform the perception and experience of places. They intervene with existing spaces aiming to re-contextualize settings and historical meaning. Frequently, political and ethical viewpoints are melded within the beauty of the surface, space or object. Bio: The artists’ installation works transform the perception and experience of places. They intervene …

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Jennifer Sciarrino | Jacob Whibley | Naomi Yasui – Room 210


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This is a first time collaboration between Sciarrino, Whibley and Yasui. Each of the three comes from different backgrounds, but share similar sensibilities in their personal practices and object making.  All presently live and work in Toronto. Sciarrino holds a BFA from Ryerson’s Image Arts program. She is an emerging artist working in sculpture, installation …

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Julia Hepburn – Room 204


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Artist Statement CAN YOU REMEMBER MY DREAM? In my room I have created a tableau in which the subject’s dreams are put on display. Viewers are invited to observe and interpret the imaginings of a figure sleeping in the centre of the room. These dreams are presented in the form of glowing scenes floating above …

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WORK/PARTY – Room 214


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Chris Braden | Mike Dudek | Paul Kawai | Liam Johnstone | Ayla Newhouse | Emma Wright Artist Statement Sometimes you just have to get up and go, and sometimes you aren’t the only one.  This is one of those times.  The idea behind Recent Departures is to remain in a state of constant departure …

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Jennifer Davis | Jamie Phelan – Room 212


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Artist Statement Ballroom Inside Ballroom, a small found object is collected, amassed and repurposed to reconfigure the hotel room and achieve a large-scale spatial transformation.  The visitor experience oscillates between the confrontation with solid mass and the occupation of empty space that is enveloped by, contained inside, left over from and altered by, a solid. …

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Maggie Greyson | Christine Lieu | Phoebe Lo – Room 202


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Artist Statement Undertaking Acquisition – Chronicles of Our Time We have brought the Archival Library of Found Treasures to the Gladstone Hotel and invite you to participate in the lost and found of priceless objects. Welcome to a dazzling array of unique items, paragons of the Toronto region. Bring your micro frippery, gimcrack cutting, divorced …

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Lisa Keophila | Fiona Lim Tung | Kristen Lim Tung | Jon Margono – Room 211


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Artist Statement This quartet’s room treads the fine line between fact and fiction, science and art, confusion and creativity, and breakthroughs and breakdowns. Through cross-disciplinary techniques, the work is simultaneously technical and accurate, naive and romantic, and speaks to a renewed wonder in the world and the things that surround us, what we with to …

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Berkeley Poole | Jamie Webster – 205


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Artist Statement Virtually all human sensory experiences are obtained via external input. We are constantly bombarded with external sensory information while so many of our essential internal bodily processes and infrastructures go unnoticed. Our objective is to represent the opposing forces (health and disease, restoration and decay) that exist within our internal systems by engaging …

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Richard Unterthiner | Paolo Ferrari – Room 207


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Artist Statement As a tableau vivant that re-enacts a past time and experience when the bed chamber functioned as site of display, as audience chamber, as symbol of power – both political and sexual – as theatre and as realm of slumbering possibility, Bed Memory aims to construct a kind of spatial choreography through which …

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Noelle Hamlyn -Room 208


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Artist Statement A room remembers. Inhaling light and sound and thought … Its inhabitants are forever … Absorbed … By soft silent lungs The room holds … Breath … Keeps secrets In silence … In the shadow of a turned back … The room exhales … Murmuring its contents … As breathing … Points in time A room remembers. Hamlyn metaphorically opens the room – …

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Bruno Billio | Orest Tataryn – Room 209


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Artist Statement Gold Line Tataryn’s application of neon tubes of coloured lines of will integrate with Billio’s elegantly designed living spaces to give a poetic construction to their installation. Billio has been including perfectly straight lines of lighted thread in his designs, so that the generation of bent lines of light with personal interjections of …

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Propellor Design


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Toby Barratt | Pamela Goddard | Nik Rust Artist Statement Mycologic Inspired by mushrooms growing on a walnut log found in the Okanagan, and intrigued by their resilience and tenacity, Propellor Design began to investigate how mushrooms grow and propagate. Drawing from the idea of multi-directional information transmission within nature, “mycologic” is a modular sculpture …

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Science & Sons


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Tristan Zimmermann Artist Statement OBLIQUE CLOCK 1, OBLIQUE CLOCK 2 The inherent angles and motion of clock hands is exploited via Euclidean geometry to produce isometric projections, illusions of a third dimension and of course, an accurate account of the passage of  time. Biography If Canadian designer Zimmermann lived ages ago, he would have invented …

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Tamara Rushlow Design Inc.


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Artist Statement Puzzle Lamp The Puzzle Lamp is a symmetrical floor lamp that incorporates a series of colourful metal pieces in a fan-like configuration.  Using more or less pieces, various sizes and colours, this lamp minimizes material waste and maximizes its customizability. Biography Industrial Designer Rushlow enjoys developing her work through technical and geometric investigations …

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Heartbreakers


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Carla Gusek | Wilson Loh Artist Statement Heartbreakers aims to provoke conversation with their visual representation of the dynamics of conversation and interaction with touch activated light and wood stools. Biographies Gusek was born and grew up in St. Albert, Alberta. Loh was born in a small town in Brunei but has called Edmonton home …

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Christina Ott | Marion Lanktree


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Artist Statement “Our piece is intended to create an enchanted environment, which promotes curiosity, interaction and ultimately participation. We hope the installation will evolve over the course of the show through participation.” Biographies Ott studied Interior Design at Ryerson University. She participated in collective for CUTMR 2009 on the stairwell public space installation, which featured …

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Filiz Klassen | Dan Browne


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Artist Statement: Comprised of multiple pre-recorded video loops with a thermal camera, ‘War(n/m)ing’ will suspend the participant’s gaze on the energy exchange between the Gladstone Hotel and the atmosphere around it. Biography: Klassen, an artist/researcher and Associate Professor at Ryerson University and Browne, a Toronto-based filmmaker and artist, merge their artistic practices that involve video …

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Sketch


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Artist Statement Weave “Weave” asks the public take part in creating a communal fabric, begun by Sketch, and made up of textiles found and created in the Sketch open studio. “Weave” springs from the idea that people’s individual ideas and contributions can work together to create something whole, beautiful and strong. Biography Sketch is a …

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urbanproduct


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Stephen Lindsay Toronto based urbanproduct is a multi-discipline studio whose main focus is Product and Industrial Design. Launched in 2009 by Scottish born Lindsay, UP continues to grow, moving toward larger scale projects and interiors beginning with the introduction of  ?Dune? wall treatment at IDS 2009.  Functionality, affordability and an ecological awareness lead designs from …

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Margaret Pryde


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Artist  Statement So a Guy Walks Into A Bar… The bar assumes awesome responsibility. As the night wears on, it stands, sturdy and sober, ready to please. Offering to support the weight of an elbow, conveniently providing a perch for a foot. But what if it had enough? Maybe it has absorbed a little too …

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Edward Lin | Kira Varvanina


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Artist Statement A Piece of the Pie “A Piece of the Pie” explores the participation of the physical body in the one-way relationship of visual communication.  By interrupting the peripheral vision of the observer, it requires movement in order to attain the entire image. Forming a wall of visual interruptions the installation aims to disorient …

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Michelle O’Byrne


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O’Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland. She is a photo-based artist interested in the mundane and the kitsch. Having lived abroad for the majority of her life, she now resides in Toronto, where North American popular culture gives her much of the inspiration for her work. She is currently completing her studies in Photography at …

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The Agostinis and Harrison-Off Design Institute (A.H.D.I.)


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Matthew Agostinis | Joel Harrison-Off The A.H.D.I. studied at the prestigious Sheridan College school of Crafts and Design in the furniture program and graduated in 2001.  They went on to pursue careers as furniture makers and proceeded to burn down their first shop.  After the fire, they set up in the Living Arts Centre in …

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Alexx Boisjoli | Ian Phillips


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Artist Statement Chevaux de bois “Chevaux de bois” is a simplified visual and interactive representation of a carnival sideshow. Patrons can win porcelain sculptures by playing a midway game of chance. Biographies Boisjoli is a visual artist and designer working in porcelain. Utlizing advanced techniques in design, production and finishing, Boisjoli develops items unique in …

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Fireweed


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Erin O’Hara | Andy Miller Artist Statement Safe and Warm A plane crashes, creatures catapult from the blast and parachute to the safety of warm sweater hills.   While the work first appears to be a tragedy in the moment, it is the small characters, thrown from the center of the disaster, that reveal the chance …

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Soon Cho


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Artist Statement Cho’s goal is to create good design with everyday materials. She will play with plastic gimp and light to create a surface that will texture the walls to make them come alive with shadows. Biography Soon Cho is a textile artist trained in Rhode Island School of Design, and based in Toronto. She …

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Participants – Chair Projects – University of Waterloo


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The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood chair.  Course assignments guide the project through the steps of research, conceptualization, design development, construction, review and presentation, comprehensive structural analysis of the chair in its different positions, and complete documentation of the process in a booklet.  Students are encouraged …

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The CUTMR Curatorial Collective Announces the 2010 Show Participants


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We had our work cut out for us this year as we received a record-breaking number of applications for Come Up To My Room 2010 (running January 21st to 24th). We are extremely excited to welcome the following participants to the show. Stayed tuned for artist and designer profiles and a whole new look for the CUTMR web presence!

Cheers,
CUTMR Curatorial Collective


Grace Yang



Above is the installation by Grace Yang for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Using humour and skepticism Grace Yang’s light boxes express her interpretation of the negative readings that she has received from various psychics around the world. Grace Wawa Yang was born and raised in Taiwan. She currently works …

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Nicholas Bruscia & Patricia Schraven



Above is the installation by Nicholas Bruscia & Patricia Schraven for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Marshall McLuhan suggested that we cannot visualize while telephoning, as the act demands complete participation of our senses and faculties. This installation is an attempt to bring the other senses into play in a …

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Maté Szemeredy



Above is the installation by Maté Szemeredy for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Maté  was not born in Paris, he did not grow up in London, and he is not the product of a New York private school education. He has never sailed the oceans, or any body of water …

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Jeremy Hatch



Above is the installation by Jeremy Hatch (presented by Made) for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Jeremy’s installations employ the cultural associations of porcelain to invoke range of conflicting responses. Occupying both social and solitary space, his sculpture is simultaneously monument and souvenir– a mnemonic device that awakens feelings of …

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Motherbrand



Above is Motherbrand’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Motherbrand proudly presents Penny Smash, a new Souvenir Shop project featuring original pressed pennies designed by Douglas Coupland, Marian Bantjes, Burton Kramer and Paul Butler – smash your own for only $2 (and 1 cent) each. Pick your …

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Einav Mekori, Erin McCutcheon, Annie Tung and Andrée Wejsmann



Above is the installation by Einav Mekori, Erin McCutcheon, Annie Tung and Andrée Wejsmann for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. United by a love of objects and making, Erin, Einav, Annie and Andree take their inspiration from an obscure fairytale for CUTMR 2009. Together they will bring to life a …

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Room 2009: Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye



Above is the installation by Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Billio and Nye’s Conversation Piece explores the personal and performative relationship between domesticity and technology, and the reverence of household furniture as both functional/dysfunctional object and purveyor of identity. Bruno Billio is a sculptor …

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Room 208: Derrick Hodgson



Above is the installation by Derrick Hodgson for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Hodgson’s room… “A box filled with mania… creatures, madreal.com things and stuff…” Derrick Hodgson is a Toronto based artist and illustrator. He focuses on the application and development of character design. The majority of Hodgson’s imagery is …

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Amrita Takhar, David Chang and Andrea Chin



Above is the installation by Amrita Takhar, David Chang and Andrea Chin for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. SUSPECT: A masquerade of objects, materials and functions.  Each piece in the room is a play off of a permanent element of the room. David Chang is a recent graduate from the …

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Matt Carr and Joyce Lo



Above is the installation by Matt Carr and Joyce Lo for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Room 205 is inspired by the experiences people share in hotel rooms. Whether it be a honeymoon or a torrid affair, hotel rooms have a long association with love and lovers. Using light, holograms …

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Eric Quebral



Above is Eric Quebral’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. These pieces continue Eric’s wood grain world of subjects and objects. An exploration into the detritus that is Hollywood gossip and scandal, this is the best of the worst. TMZ made him do it. Eric Quebral graduated …

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Derek McLeod



Above is Derek McLeod’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. A manifestation of intensity through repetition – 50 lights occupy an entire hallway on the second floor of the hotel to create a variegated field. The lights have smooth, polished copper surfaces that reflect off each other …

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Laura McKibbon & Jasna Sokolovic



Above is the installation by Laura McKibbon & Jasna Sokolovic for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. This project creates an unexpected environment within a familiar space by turning the proverbial outhouse inside out. Using trees, grass and wildlife, the sanctuary-like quality inherent in a bathroom is even more heightened. Laura …

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Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto



Above is Marcin Padlewski and Anissa Szeto’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. 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 …

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Andra Hayward & Shannon Linde & Christina Ott



Above is Andra Hayward, Shannon Linde & Christina Ott’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. This project uses reclaimed keys to create a large-scale typographic installation in the stairwell that will invite visitors into the exhibition and encourage them to participate with its evolution over the course …

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Evan Bare



Above is the installation by Evan Bare for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. The bar is a modular concept, CNC cut from Canadian pine plywood, finished with a water-based white wash stain and clear coat. All components interconnect with each other and can create multiple configurations that are stitched together …

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Mauricio Affonso & Liz Wolfe



Above is the installation by Mauricio Affonso and Liz Wolfe for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. What happens when you force two strangers into a room when the only thing they have in common is humour? Product designer Mauricio Affonso and photographer Liz Wolfe combine their creativity to design an …

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Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann



Above is the installation by Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Collaborators Pietro Gagliano and Peter Wehrspann – with featured contributions from Ryan Andal and James Milward – revisit and reinvent the classic table-top video game. Combining cutting-edge technology, contemporary furniture design and dynamic graphics, …

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Adam Harris & Parimal Gosai



Above is the Living Wall installation by Adam Harris and Parimal Gosai for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. The plastic bag – an everyday object that has become as undesirable as it is ubiquitous. This free standing living wall gives new life to these troublesome totes and explores how materials …

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University of Waterloo Chair Projects



The Chair Project The University of Waterloo School of Architecture chair project presented 5 chairs from their Chair Project at Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. The project requires the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wood chair.  Course assignments guide the project through the steps of …

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VIDEO – It Was Great for Me, How Was it for You?



This is a little video I shot and threw together showing the setup and final products of this year’s show!  Show participants, audience and readers, please feel free to comment:  How was this year’s show for you? For me the show was magical! I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences …

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Kwangho Lee



Above is Kwangho Lee’s ballroom installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.   Kwangho insists on making every object he creates by hand, linking him to the peasant life of his grand-parents and that life seems to have such an influence on his work.   This is interesting and fresh in a …

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coe & waito



Above is Coe&Waito’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. The chandelier entitled Nest by coe&waito is an ethereal and abstract expression of a bird’s nest. It is omposed of delicate curved porcelain sticks cradling a soft light source. coe&waito is a ceramic art and design studio in …

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Made Presents Eric Mathew and Andrew Ooi



Above are photos of Eric’s and Andrew’s installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel. Collaborating since early 2008, Andrew Ooi and Eric Mathew share a common interest in the elegant versatility of paper as a design material. Their work utilizes paper as a valuable commodity, in contrast to its popular …

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Studio Junction



Studio Junction were accorded a 2009 Design Exchange Award in “Interior Design – Temporary or Portable” for their installation in Room 202, Come Up To My Room 2009 at The Gladstone Hotel. “… and the shadow belongs to the light” – Louis Khan Above are photos of Studio Junction’s installation for Come Up To My …

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