Highlights from CUTMR 2019

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The 16th installment of Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design, at the edges between intention and interpretation. Freed from the constraints of traditional practice, CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. The exhibition challenges participants to push their everyday practice by offering a blank canvas upon which to explore new themes and ways of working. Framed within the backdrop of the historic 130-year-old Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike. The Gladstone welcomes Jana Macalik & Jennie Suddick as the curatorial team for CUTMR 2019.

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Come Up To My Room, part 2

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THE LONG, TEDIOUS TASK OF WATING – Amanda Gresik

Many people have experienced what it is like to go into a hospital waiting room, either for themselves or to accompany a friend or family member. While trying to pass the time by flipping through magazines and filling out forms, it is hard to not feel anxious and overwhelmed. Amanda’s work is based off of her own experiences and explores the tedious nature of being in a waiting room. Continue reading “Come Up To My Room, part 2”

Come Up To My Room 2017, part 1

Come Up To My Room, is a main event during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Located in the Gladstone Hotel, on the Queen West West strip of Toronto, this is the alternative event to the much popular Interior Design Show.

Taking up the second and third floor of the hotel, artists transform the rooms into an imaginative landscape of political, immersive and fun explorations into what art and design can provoke. This year’s theme Transplant looks at our relationship with the world and with those around us that is informed and affected by geopolitics, media, and our digital social interactions. Ideas, knowledge, and culture filtered are expressed through these exchanges evolve once transmitted and transferred from one place and to another. Through this act of transplantation, art, media, and culture converge, diverge, and reemerge into new and unique collective entities, which is what presented throughout the hotel. Continue reading “Come Up To My Room 2017, part 1”

Come Up To My Room Design Event Takes Over Gladstone Hotel

Now in its 12th year, the annual alternative design event ‘Come Up To My Room’ has provided Toronto artists with a platform to experiment and show off brand new site-specific installations. Created by Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu, the exhibition invites audiences out of the cold and into the historic Gladstone Hotel just east of Queen Street West and Dufferin Street.

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Eyes on Design

he 11th year of Come up to my Room features designs by different firms and installations. Eyes on Design takes a back stage look at the exhibition with interviews of the creators and curators at the historic Gladestone Hotel.