#CUTMR2020 Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone Hotel January 16 to 20 2020

With material taken from the artists' statements

Come Up To My Room
at the Gladstone Hotel
January 16 to 20, 2020

Part Of DesignTO

The city of Toronto celebrates "design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with over 100 exhibits and events forming Toronto's design week," from January 17 to 26.
At the Gladstone Hotel, already an icon in the city's design landscape, Come Up To My Room, part of DesignTO, takes over all four floors with a series of installations occupying the rooms (second floor) and the hallways (third and fourth). This has been one of my favourite artsy events in the city year after year, as the curators - Astrid Ho, Megan Feheley, and Lee Petrie this year - put together a fun, eye popping show that provokes thought and entertains at the same time.

There were 24 artists, designers, and design groups who participated this year.

Special Events
Love Design Party
January 18 - 7 to 10 p.m.
Free - in the ballroom
Dance and drink with the Queen West design crowd at this annual extravaganza - free while capacity allows.

Love Design Shop
January 18 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free - in the ballroom
Check out the unique wares at this shopping event, featuring Kristen Lim Tung, Holly Stapleton, haeven studio, 100 Years of Love, Queenie.X.cermics, Kotoba Jewellery, Poppysmicks, Mr. RL ++

It's difficult to say there were highlights, because it was all so interesting, and the whole experience is immersive as you explore the hotel, but here are some of the installations that left an impression.

Dennis Lin, untitled
Dennis Lin is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Patterns of consumption, and the earth's threshold to maintain them, are reflected in the way Lin pushes the physical thresholds of the woods and metals that compose his sculptures.
Noni Kaur, Plasmic Play
Noni Kaur’s practice explores how culture and materials are adapted or transformed in different environments according to the posthuman experience. This site-specific installation traces the agency of cellular, plasmic, and parasitic forces in both human and non-human worlds.
Alexandra Majerus, In This Place
With the participation of Ewan Atkinson, Bart Sims and Melanie Springer.
This installation centres on Turner’s Hall Woods, Barbados, which has the island’s only remaining pre-colonial vegetation.
Structural Design Build Workshop, The Chair Project
Jon Bennett, Stephanie Boutari, Graham Brindle, Christy Cheng, Kate Holbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Lenny, Steven Lin, Joshua MacDonald, Mia Milanovic, Emma Moseley, Mariah Palantzas, Caitlin Perry, Amanda Reyes-Martin, Alex Robinson, Alyssa Tang, Coco Xiong, Sarah Zheng and Elizabeth C. English (coordinator)

The Structural Design Build Workshop is a fifth year course, the culmination of the sequence of four structures courses at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
Janina Anderosn, Cut-Outs
Cut-Outs uses collage to investigate how images construct meaning while serving as a site for the artist and others to explore cross-cultural identity, multiculturalism and the displacement that compounds as borderlines are drawn and redrawn, migration patterns shift and swell over generations of assimilation and dislocation.
Maxwell Lander

Maxwell Lander
Cyb3r is an experimental, multimedia, immersive experience of the queer erotic. Informed strongly by the artist’s upbringing in the 90s, Cyb3r utilizes the technological landscape of 2019 (XR, IoT devices, 3d printing) to craft an experience of queer sexual play.

From 2019: