Above is the installation by Jeremy Hatch (presented by Made) for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Jeremyâ€™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 loss and longing.Â For Jeremy, the act of casting is a symbolic gesture: it freezes a moment in time, recording and preservingÂ forms and events that are impossible to re-live. His work implicates the viewer as a participant â€“ reflecting back the personal histories, desires and anxieties brought to it.
Born in 1974, Vancouver artist Jeremy Hatch has exhibited his large-scale cast porcelain sculpture nationally and internationally. Since receiving his MFA at NYSCC Alfred University Jeremy has taught courses at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has received several Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants and has attended residencies at the Takumi Studios in Japan, the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Archie Bray Foundation, where he is the current recipient of the Taunt Fellowship. In 2008 Jeremy founded Ricochet Studio as a means to explore the intersections between craft, art and design. One goal of the studio is to collaborate with artists from various disciplines in order to develop limited edition works. Diyan Achjadi, David Khang and Mark Soo are the first to join in.
Above is Motherbrandâ€™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 â€“ smash your own for only $2 (and 1 cent) each. Pick your favourite or collect them all! Partial proceeds go to Sketch, Torontoâ€™s art studio for street youth.
Motherbrand, the partnership of designers Todd Falkowsky, John Ryan, and Michael Erdmann, is a creative agency and design incubator.
Above is the installation by Einav Mekori, Erin McCutcheon, Annie Tung and AndrÃ©e 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 gothic story of jealousy, innocence and death. They will be presenting their interpretation and vision of â€œThe Juniper Treeâ€ by the Brothers Grimm.
Erin McCutcheon is a Toronto based artist and designer recently graduated with a BDes in Industrial Design from OCAD and a previous BFA majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from NSCAD. Erin enjoys combining craft, art and contemporary design. Her work takes into consideration the history of objects and people as well as memory, sentiment, the relationship built between object and owner, and the recording of time and moments. All work is handmade in her downtown studio.
Einav Mekori is currently in her third year as a resident artist at the Harbourfront centre glass studio. A native to Israel, she initially studied sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Having moved to Canada in 2004, she subsequently graduated from the Sheridan College Craft and Design program. Her current work is influenced by the rich visualization of Victorian styles, and takes inspiration from jewellery and wallpaper designs.
Toronto-based artist Annie Tung graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design and is currently an artist-in-resident at Harbourfront Centre. In her creative practice, Annie combines her training in jewellery and penchant for sculpture to question expectations of seemingly insignificant objects.
AndrÃ©e Wejsmann is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. Her work spans a number of media and disciplines, exploring the relativity of objects in their environment, often using narrative as a tool to investigate the construction of meaning, and the permeability of signifiers. AndrÃ©e currently lives and makes work in Toronto, and teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Above is the installation by Bruno Billio and Matthew Nye for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Billio and Nyeâ€™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 and installation artist. His work has been exhibited internationally and involves a magical transformation of everyday objects that signify a deeper meaning while remaining, well… everyday. Bruno uses conventional items in unconventional ways, to create new life.
Matthew Nye is an artist and designer residing in Toronto. His work explores information science, theoretical architecture and the space occupied within the built environment– for artistic intervention. Having whetted an appetite for reading through trashy science fiction novels at a young age, the future of architecture and design seemed a logical trajectory.
Above is the installation by Derrick Hodgson for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Hodgsonâ€™s room… â€œA box filled with mania… creatures, madreal.com things and stuff…â€
Derrick Hodgson is a Toronto based artist and illustrator. He focuses on the application and development of character design. The majority of Hodgsonâ€™s imagery is based on his experiences growing up in a small rural community north
of Toronto and relating these experiences to the expanding urban environment. His recent work deals with a theme of rural meets urban and the urge to gain control over our future in relation to an escalating loss of nature.
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.Â Each piece in the room is a play off of a permanent element of the room.
David Chang is a recent graduate from the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a BFA from the University of Toronto. For the past four years David has been working as a Visual Stylist for Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew. Outside of developing concepts and creating props and installations for the Toronto flagship storeâ€™s windows and interiors, David has a continued interest in designing and producing various products that bring together design and art.
Andrea Chin graduated from Queenâ€™s University in 2005 with honours in visual arts. However, she just couldnâ€™t get enough of school and enrolled at the Ontario College of Art and Design. After graduating from the Industrial Design program, she left Toronto for a stint in Milan to work as an editor at designboom. Working across disciplines, Andreaâ€™s designs explore the contextual relationship between object, space and place, injected with the occasional dose of humor. Her work has been exhibited in the Interior Design Show, the Souvenir Shop at â€˜Come Up to My Roomâ€™, Radiant Dark and IIDEX, and published in NOW and Canadian Interiors Magazine.
Amrita Takhar is a recent graduate of the Industrial Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a degree in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta. She finds design enticing because it touches on an endless range of topics and can be used as a tool for positive change and commentary. Amrita has worked in international development in the past and plans to combine her design sensibilities and entrepreneurial spirit in her project for Come Up To My Room.
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 and typography, In My Heart is an
installation that explores these relationships.
Matt Carr first sparked his passion for design interning at Douglas Cardinal Architects. Matt has been a part of Umbraâ€™s design team since 2001, and was recently appointed Director of Design. He has contributed more than 150 designs to their diverse product line. His work has been featured multiple times in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Surface Magazine, I.D Magazine, Met Home, Monocle, and Living Etc. Subtle details, appreciation for imperfection and the reinvention of traditional objects distinguish his designs. His inspirations include mixing cross-cultural orientations while simultaneously fusing new technology and natural materials.
Joyce Loâ€™s background is in fashion, and she graduated from Ryersonâ€™s School of Fashion in 2000. She and partner Sabrina Albanese started their own label, Wolves and quickly garnered interest and press, featured in Nylon Magazine and Lucky Mag. Since the company dissolved in 2004, Joyce has worked for Shared, a T-shirt company with a conscience. This past summer, Shared opened (and closed) itâ€™s first pop-up shop, riding a three month stint on Queen West, where the space was conceptualized and brought to life by Joyce with the help of Matt Carr. Joyce is currently co-directing the Drake Hotel General Store.
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 installation where things are not what they seem.
Born in Curitiba, Brazil, Mauricio Affonso moved to Toronto to pursue a degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design. During school, he competed in several international competitions, won awards and had his thesis project featured in Azureâ€™s magazine Design Lines Toronto. After his studies, he went on to collaborate with Canadian design collective Motherbrand, exhibit at the Beaver Tales: Canadian Art and Design exhibition at the University of Toronto and participate in the Vitra Design Workshop in France. Dabbling in fashion, Mauricio worked under Canadian design veteran, Joffer Caoc, before moving to his current role as Product Designer at Umbra.
Liz Wolfe is a photographer and installation artist who creates miniature environments out of everyday objects.
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 public conception as a ubiquitous disposable resource. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese uses of paper in the production of items of everyday use, their work has evolved to include lighting, furniture, and ornament. In June of 2009, they will exhibit a site-specific installation
at Graphica Creativa â€™09, a printmaking triennial at the Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Finland.
Andrew Ooi is a self-taught artist who works with paper and light. Based in Toronto, Ooiâ€™s focus on reusable and renewable resource let to his use of recycled papers and energy efficient light sources. He makes hanging or free- standing origami shapes infused with light. Ooiâ€™s Origami Light-Works provide a calming glow through the rhythmic geometry of folded paper and the diffuse light the paper casts. His works were recently featured in Radiant Dark, at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Galleries, ON.
Eric Mathew is a print-based artist working in Toronto. Mathew completed an MFA at York University and has exhibited widely in Canada. Recent exhibitions include Showcase â€™07 at Cambridge Galleries, and 2-4â€™s and Time Travel at MADE, Toronto. Often working with a combination of silkscreen and painting his work deals with themes of consumerism, identity, and the Canadian mythological fabric. The graphic simplicity of his work has led to design commissions including most recently, street banners for the City of Torontoâ€™s Live with Culture campaign, and custom carpet designs for sourceUK.
The artists would like to thank the generous support and encouragement of Julie Nicholson and Shaun MooreÂ of MADE.
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.
â€œâ€¦ and the shadow belongs to the lightâ€
â€“ Louis Khan
Above are photos of Studio Junction’s installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
This installation uses the craft of making to explore the poetics of light and space. The method of investigation is through different scales of built work: the smaller scale
of model making, the human body scale of built-ins and furniture, and the larger scale of â€œroomâ€.
Studio Junction Inc is an emerging Toronto practice that focuses on architecture and design. The Courtyard Hiuse reflects their interest in urbanism, the poetics of light and space, and the detailing and craft of woodworking. Studio Junction Inc is Peter Tan, b.arch, Christine Ho Ping Kong, b.arch, b.f.a. (founding partners), Joe (Che Yu) Lin, b.arch.
sci, and Roman Lysiak, b.arch.
Studio Junction would like to thank Scott Eunson and Catalyst Design Build Inc.
Above are photos of Andrew MacDonald’s space at CUTMR 2009.
Born in Peterborough Ontario, Andrew MacDonald graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001 and recently received a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Western Ontario. Reconfiguring and manipulating materials and objects at an early age, he enjoyed taking apart and rebuilding bikes, wooden products like furniture as well as audio equipment and clothing. This process of dissection and reassembly of everyday materials and objects remains a part of his practice as an artist. Currently living and working in London Ontario, MacDonald produces figurative and abstract sculptures and installations through the medium of knitted textiles and sweaters.
Andrew will be presenting an installation in room 206 at Come Up To My Room 2009 February 5-8th at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.Â For more information on this year’s show please click here.
Andrew thanks the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support.