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 â€” his works were featured in 2006 and 2010, as well as in many galleries across the city.Â For 2011, Tataryn’s signature use of light and colour enlivened the Gladstone’s music venue, and was visible through the window to all passers-by.
Becky Lane and Chrissy Poitras â€” also known as Chaos Theory â€” combine aspects of both art and design into their projects.Â 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 their work.Â Together, they’ve produced paintings, sculptures, and prints that revel in the spontaneous and accidental collision of images around us.
Mark McLean may be a newcomer to Toronto’s design scene, but you’d never guess looking at his Dollar Store Triptych â€” 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 texture a little reminiscent of an acoustic ceiling tile, but with with a more yielding appearance, and emblazoned with a hand flashing the peace sign.Â Closer inspection revealed thousands of tiny plastic Army men, congealed into a single mass under a thick coat of paint.
The middle panel riffed playfully on the Canadiana so ubiquitous to touristy roadside stores, collaging flag stickers into that most Canadian of icons, the moose.
On the right, landing somewhere between fireworks and household brushes, this series of puffy vortices were impossible to miss.Â Viewers were first sucked in by the unusual yet oddly familiar forms, and then confronted by an irresistible urge to touch.Â The tactile quality of the work was as important as the visual, in this case, and in playing with the work, its true construction is revealed â€” deceptively simple, the entire structure is made of electric fan covers adorned with pull-ties in carefully arranged patterns.
See more of Mark’s work here, or read his blog here.
Rob Southcott’s quirky contribution requires some unpacking to fully appreciate.Â 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.Â What’s not obvious until you get closer â€” much closer â€” is that these paper airplanes are not only metal, they’re also functional, a perfect place to hang your hat or keys, or even place a business card.
Likewise, Fly With Me could be just a wooden box.Â But when you approach, triangular forms of light flicker across the wooden surface.Â Far from being solid, the face is ash veneer, and the LEDs glowing through it are controlled by you, the viewer; motion sensors detecting proximity cause the lights to move in direct response to your movement.Â While not immediately obvious, this visual feedback provided clues that allowed viewers to determine the relationship between their actions and the reaction of the work.
Correlation is an accumulation of angular figures; while each one is identical, when combined the odd angles diverge until the collection appears to be a disordered mass, almost crystal-like, simultaneously organic and abstract.Â As the name implies, this simple figure takes on a new dimension when placed in context with many duplicates.
Room 212 was not Rob’s first contribution to the Gladstone; his United We Stand chairs permanently grace the lobby.Â You can see more of his work here.
TUG’s woven lighting structure, Ray, employs a blend of non linear weaving techniques which create an airy mass, as light peaks through overlapping and open seams. TUG’s inspiration arose from rays of sun through clouds on a fall afternoon.
TUG (Toronto Upcycling Group) is Kaveri Joseph, Christine Lieu, Jessica Ching, Carrie Liang and Heidi Mok. They are Industrial designers, good friends, creators, makers, explorers, collectors, collaborators, thinkers, do-ers, visionaries, food and drink enthusiasts and ninjas.Â TUG’s mission is to create a system of waste management that upcycles disposable materials into products of greater value and use, in hopes of inspiring others.
MADE operates a design practice and showroom in Toronto whichis committed to the representation of compelling functional works made in Canada by independent Canadian designers. Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE maintain a collaborative partnership engaged in custom projects, commissions, collaborations and curatorial projects.
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 Ballroom) Opening Reception: Sat, Jan 29, 7pm-10pm (Gladstone Gallery) Love Design Party: Sat, Jan 29, 10pm-Late (Gladstone Ballroom, with DJ’s Denise Benson and Joe Blow)
** we will have a bar serving coffee, mimosas and pastries during exhibition hours.
*NEW* CUTMR Retrospective Show:
Thurs, Jan 20 – Sunday Jan 30, 2010 – 12-5pm Daily – Gladstone Hotel Art Bar CUTMR Retrospective Show Opening Reception: Thurs, Jan 20, 7-10pm
The CUTMR Retrospective Show takes its audience through the last seven years ofÂ the Gladstone Hotelâ€™s annual show ComeÂ UpÂ ToÂ MyÂ Room.Â HousedÂ on-site in the hotelâ€™sÂ intimateÂ ArtÂ Bar,Â thisÂ exhibition provides a glimpse into some of the past installations of CUTMR by presenting selected projects as well as a digital slideshow of all room installations and public space projects from 2004 to 2010. Bringing colour photographs and original objects together in a dynamic installation, the CUTMR Retrospective Show runs from January 20-30, 2011.
More about CUTMR
Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. Curated by Jeremy Vandermeij and Deborah Wang, CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto.Â The four-day exhibition is in its 8th year at the Gladstone Hotel, featuring 11 rooms and 14 public space installations, design talks and curatorial tours.
How does it work?
CUTMR is comprised of room installations and public space projects that literally take over the Gladstone Gallery and other public spaces of the hotel.Â Curators select participating designers and artists based on their past work and experience. Once these creative individuals and collectives have been selected, they are given a public space or one of the 11 exhibition rooms on the hotelâ€™s second floor. Curators consult and discuss public space projects with their makers, but know next to nothing about the room installations. This approach, inherited from CUTMR founding curators Christina Zeidler and Pamila Mathru, ensures that the artists and designers are given the freedom to rock out â€“ creating new, site specific installations that are the ultimate artistic, inventive and/or spatial expression. The final results are art and design mash-ups that challenge our pre-conditioned notions of both disciplines. In this show, participants are pathfinders, continually pushing the limits and exploring new territories, opening up new worlds for every one to inhabit. Our strategy means that at this point we can only tempt you with what participants have done before and imagine what they will create for CUTMR 2011.
MEDIA PREVIEW â€“ THURS JAN 27 â€“ 4PM TO 8PM:
FREE â€“ FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA (PLEASE RSVP HERE) FRIDAY EXHIBITION HOURS â€“ JAN 28 â€“ 12PM TO 8PM:
1/2 PRICE â€“ FOR STUDENTS W/ STUDENT CARD
$20.00 â€“ FOR PRE-REGISTERED STUDENT GROUPS (TO REGISTER: MAYA@GLADSTONEHOTEL.COM)
$10.00 -Â REGULAR ADMISSION GENERAL EXHIBITION HOURS â€“ JAN 28 TO JAN 30:
FREE -FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA DESIGN TALKSÂ JAN 29 11AM TO 2PM
FREE â€“ FOR EVERYONE LOVE DESIGN PARTY â€“ JAN 29 10PM till LATE:
FREE â€“ FOR EVERYONE
As a light sculptor Tataryn is interested in transformation â€“ 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 itâ€™s dissonance â€“ it sparks my curiosity.
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 chair.Â 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.Â Students are encouraged to select a client who inspires them, and to approach the design with attention to the Vitruvian goals of firmness, commodity and delight â€“ emphasis on delight!
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 the Untitled Art Awardsâ€™ Best Emerging Curator and won the Juryâ€™s Choice Award in both 2004 and 2005 Untitled Art Awards for her organizational contribution to TAFFI.
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 sculpture by such pioneers in the movement as Dan Flavin, James
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 on Dennis Lin and his work in corporate, private or institutional collections please visitÂ DennisLinStudios.com.
Trained as architects, Lubo and Scott have been collaborating on various projects forÂ over a decade now.Â 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.
Graduates of McGill Universityâ€™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 sessions and catching concerts in the city, and finds joy in figuring out how to make new objects/experiences from old things.
Andrew holds an M.Arch from McGill University. He loves to travel, having worked abroad in Hong Kong, Washington D.C., and most recently Rotterdam. He is very glad to be settling back home in Toronto, where he loves to discover and photograph the city’s industrial spaces, and is a food junkie, always delighted by the city’s culinary variety. His dream is to climb Machu Picchu.
Jen Spinner is a Toronto artist and graphic designer whose work explores context and meaning in urban environments. Sheâ€™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 Theory and Womenâ€™s Studies. Her work includes pieces shown at Red Head gallery, The Square Foot Show, illustration and design for Workman Arts, collages for the SpeakEasy Spring Craft Show and a City of Craft installation. In addition to freelancing, Jen is junior designer at The Walrus magazine.
Rob Southcottâ€™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, Robâ€™s work explores the parameters of their reciprocity, collusion and exchange.
Rob creates furniture, lighting, objects, and art pieces that address the potential of form and function as a relational aesthetic exchange. His work draws from the realm of the experiential and the lived. As a creative maker, he finds inspiration in every facet of the material world, transforming observation into novel re-articulations of the known and the familiar. His process-oriented practice summons metaphor and considers the inherent lives of materials and their transformation.
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 interior design from Ryerson University.Â Becky explores themes of nostalgia and remembrance by recreating objects from her past, and incorporating the discarded objects from other peopleâ€™s pasts into her own stories.
Chrissy Poitras is an abstract painter and printmaker with a degree in fine art from Queens University. She is the Executive Director of Spark Box, a print studio and residency. Her work is an investigation of the accidental marks found in her surroundings, the purpose of which is not to create a unified composition, but to allow the viewer to follow trains of thought.
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 specific icons and iconography. Liddington fell in love with pop art while watching David Bowie play Andy Warhol in the film Basquiat. Later, when discussing this with a friend, Liddington was informed that he was, in fact a â€œpomoâ€. As a result of this conversation he went out and bought the David Bowie album Hunky Dory. Liddington’s work has been widely exhibited at venues such as Cambridge Galleries, Clark and Faria, Art Metropole and Nuit Blanche.
This is Mark McLeanâ€™s first public show heralding his move from hobby artist to an emerging participant in Torontoâ€™s art scene.Â AsÂ a 20+ year veteran of the real estate industry in Toronto,Â Â 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 and business.Â Creativity spurs a competitive advantage because it teaches us to observe trends, pick up on visual and social clues, build the unique and find new ways of tackling old problems.
Through what is best described as â€˜assembled sculpture,â€™ Mark is particularly fond of surfing dollar stores, discount warehouses and surplus dealers looking for bulk items to assemble. Individually, any item can be boring and overlooked, but collectively they become compelling. Whether items are assembled in an orderly fashion, manipulated haphazardly, stacked or simply dunked in paint, the results are often the same — the redundant or absurd is made relevant.
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.
Patrickâ€™s most recent series of machines are an attempt to express a particular philosophical concept or life guiding principle using a physical form rather than words:Â order from chaos, and the negotiation of opposing forces in daily life.
These models employ the undeniable novelty of shiny things that move and light up.
Christine Leu and Alan Webb find inspiration and joy in creating immersive and interactive environments in publicly accessible spaces.Â Their installation for Come Up To My Room 2011 represents theÂ first creation in TorontoÂ by LeuWebb Projects.
Christine is an intern architect, writer, photographer, and teacher.Â She interested in unique communities thriving in the everyday.Â As such, she is working on projects on the Highway of Heroes on the 401 highway and immigrant farmers in downtown Toronto.
Alan is a licensed architect, dj and polymath with projects in graphic design, music and film, and an interest in field recordings and radio production. He was a founding member of Torontoâ€™s wabi collective (an electronic music, projection and installation-centric group) and has travelled widely in search of volcanic activity and hot springs.
Technical programming for the CUTMR piece is being provided by Jeff Lee and Omar Khan.
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 and upcycle salvaged objects, materials and waste streams, they make a continuous effort to use materials which are locally harvested or from responsible suppliers. The nature of their work is defined by the specific elements that go into each piece, and they embrace the constraints inherent in the materials selected for each project.
Current clients include Evergreen, PARC, The Shorefast Foundation and the YMCA.
For their Public Space installation at CUTMR 2011, Brothers Dressler will explore reconstructing fallen and discarded City of Toronto trees, combining them with discarded engine parts to create new lighting and seating.
McCavour holds a BFA from York University where she studied drawing and installation.Â 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 sewing into a fabric that dissolves in water.Â She is interested in the vulnerability of thread, its ability to unravel, and its strength when it is sewn together.
Studio 1:1 is a multi-faceted studio founded by Kira Varvanina and Edward Lin in 2010. Â The studio takes on all design challenges and explorations with anÂ emphasis on interactivity.Â Â Being able to engage and communicate with the audience is an important element in architecture, sculpture and installation.
Kira and Edward were formally trained in Architecture at Carleton University and have both graduated with their Master’s Degrees. Â Throughout the years, they have collaborated on architecture competitions, the design and construction of furniture and taken part in art exhibitions.Â They haveÂ shown their installations and sculpturesÂ at the Junction Arts Festival, 2968 Dundas St. W., Snowball Gallery, Â and the Gladstone Hotel.
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. Â 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 art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how she thinks in Chinese but speaks in English.Â In an effort to shape herself, she takes traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvents them within a Western aesthetic and presentation.
Yanâ€™s sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums in China, Canada and United States. Yan is the recipient of numerous grants including most recently the Emerging Artist Grant from Canada Council for the Arts.
Frank De Jong is an artist and custom furniture maker with the Toronto-based woodworking collective â€˜The Other Fiveâ€™.Â His passion for craft was honed in Sheridan Collegeâ€™s craft and design program where he majored in furniture.Â He enjoys making functional objects which maintain a strong conceptual aspect, and is especially inspired by iconic furniture pieces, often referencing them in his work.Â Frank actively participates in various exhibitions and publications including his most recent inclusion in Lark Books â€˜500 Cabinets.â€™Â Modern ideas are paired with unconventional and exploratory uses of materials to achieve Frankâ€™s signature aesthetic.Â A manipulator of many medias including wood, acrylic, metal and fibre, Frank is most enthused by the opportunity to reclaim pre-used materials and make what was once old, new again.
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 Architects, John has a long interest in elegantly expressed buildings. His work shows a sensitivity for the design, habitability, and sustainability of structures. Diana continues to examine the role of space as a communicator. She thrives to find ways to create experiences that manipulate materiality in unexpected ways in her day-to-day existence as an interior designer at Figure 3. They all play well together.
By wanting fully immersive experiences, Jana, John and Diana all explore space making as a link between the real and the virtual and thus, an extension of society and its identity. Their installation will connect to urban voyeurism, manipulating light and sound, image and form, glass and objects to tell a story of a room, its occupants and those who watch them.
Rina Grosman has a BFA from York University and works as an art consultant with James Robertson Art Consultants.Â One of her more recent projects wasÂ The Lost and Found ForestÂ installation for Nuit Blanche 2009, winner of the Peopleâ€™s Choice award. Upcoming installations in 2011 include the MADE cooler and The Spoke Club.
Vivien Cheng created the light-activated installationÂ Wall Flower at the Gladstone Hotel as part of Nuit Blanche 2009. She is also an designer whose work has been featured in Vogue, Elle and Daily Candy.
Both multidisciplinary artists, they are drawn to larger scale multiples and installations due to their impact on viewers and the challenge of their creation.Â This is Rina and Vivienâ€™s first collaboration.
Spiders and Test tubes,Â 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 alternate realities, Mansolf explores what is oftentimes perceived as horrific and grotesque taboo subject matter in environments defined by her own rules & limitations. Mutation, insanity and disease are personified, becoming characters in Mansolf’s new landscapes. Thirsting for violence, enamored by the grotesque, craving the abnormal, these creatures candy coated facades seduce viewers into viewing taboo subject matter in an environment removed from terror and discomfort.
Jen Prather’s interest lies in creating a hyperreal environment that borrows from 1970s pattern design aesthetics and combines a patchwork of recycled fabric scraps, various crafty thread and yarn materials, and miscellaneous industrial cords and wires. In these spaces one can comingle with soft, anthropomorphic forms amidst playfully claustrophobic installations. Through exuberantly flamboyant colours and clashing patterns, one may feel comfortably energized while interacting with the creatures. Prather’s work primarily consists of soft sculptural objects, intermixed with a hybrid of paintings, small drawings, and text that are just as playful as the colours and imagery that it embodies. Material choices are determined basedÂ on purpose, without one having precedence over the other. Interested in the unique existence of each of her projects, Prather explores the permeation of interior exterior spaces, and the possibility that when viewers look into one of her installations, they may discover the installation is looking right back at them.
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 Leon, Han Dong, Brian Muthaliff, Maria Nikolova, Sayjel Patel, Leon Lai and Lily Nourmansouri.
Denise Ing is a former resident artist at the Living Arts Centre whose work has been exhibited atÂ Queenâ€™s Park and Harbourfront Centre. Departing from craft practices, her sound installation, The Hyland, was exhibitedÂ at Toronto Free Gallery and, most recently, her interactive installation piece, 12 Hours of Power, wasÂ featured in the 2009 Toronto edition of Nuit Blanche.
Ken Leung is a multidisciplinary designer and artist specializing in interactive artifacts and environments.Â He has worked with the OCAD Mobile Experience Lab for the past four years, designing andÂ programming objects and public installations that users can interact with through their mobile devices. Ken is currently working on the Biomapping project at OCAD, and is collaborating with researchers atÂ the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care to design aids for memory-impaired patients.
Both Ken and Denise share an interest in public interaction, hold Bachelor degrees in Psychology,Â and live in Toronto.