Above is the installation by Grace Yang for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
Using humour and skepticism Grace Yangâ€™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 and lives in New York City, where she finished her MFA from Parsons School of Design. Yang uses various mediums such as digital photography, light box, and mixmedia painting. She uses art to express her inner and outer world, and to represent both her consciousness of the world around her and her imaginative subconscious.
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 new relation by creating real time physical visualizations derived from speaking into a telephone.
Nicholas Bruscia is a recent graduate from the collaborative dual Masters Degree program between Architecture (Situated Technologies Research Group) and Media Robotics at SUNY Buffalo. His most recent work has been focused on the design for a reflexive architecture machine consisting of a system of heat sensitive soft molds that alter their shape as the poured materialâ€™s temperature increases, thus changing the morphology of the casted piece.
Patricia Schraven is an independent artist and designer. Her practice focuses on the conflicting ideas of craft vs. mass production, practical vs. speculative, and analog vs. digital. Her recent work deals with function and interactivity, and fosters a participatory, give and take relationship between the object and the user. Patricia is a graduate of Sheridan Collegeâ€™s Furniture Design program, and she also holds a BFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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.
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.
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 Derek McLeod’s public space installation for Come Up To My Room 2009 at the Gladstone Hotel.
A manifestation of intensity through repetition â€“ 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 making for a
Derek McLeod creates furniture and objects for people who like to live with quality. The pieces can be described as archetypal, comfortable and usable â€“ things which make life better by looking and performing well. McLeod strives for the best version of a thing, while understanding that the idea of best is always changing. Derek McLeod graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2004.
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 McKibbon and Jasna Sokolovic met in the spring of 2004, both just embarking on their careers in the ceramic arts. Despite their differences in working styles and approach they found their vision and inspiration parallel in striking ways. Since then, they have collaborated on personal projects, exhibitions, and fine craft sales and guided one another through the maze of art, craft and design. They find working in tandem to be challenging yet incredibly rewarding and together have mounted successful gallery exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
This is a little video I shot and threw together showing the setup and final products of this year’s show!Â Show participants, audience and readers, please feel free to comment:Â 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 of my life! Getting to work with so many creative people and then really getting to know them over the long hours of the show was really fun.Â I actually had a hard time saying goodbye to everyone. The biggest measure of the show’s success is the experiences of the participants!Â I will miss you all!
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.