‘By Lori Bosworth
Want to escape this mad Toronto winter into a world of creativity? Then check out the Gladstone Hotel’s alternative design exhibition, Come Up To My Room, which takes place January 23-26, 2014. The show features 25 installations throughout the Gladstone Hotel that push our sensory boundaries.
The 2014 show will feature an installation by Nathan Whitford and Sarah Keenlyside, who will illuminate the Gladstone’s façade to reveal the building skeleton underneath. Rollout’s installation will work around the restrictions of a historic building, which include keeping the walls wallpaper free. Demonstrating that there are other ‘residents’ at the Gladstone Hotel, Sisley Leung’’s installation includes mouse-sized hotel amenities.
The Escapespace installation will examine notions of private and public space as it spills onto Queen Street. Don’t forget to check out Natasha Basacchi and Aliya Tejani’s interactive bathroom and Currentform’s hotel entrance. Andrew Foerster’s city of ramshackle sheds will take you to another time.
Wayne Muma, Jennifer Rong, Sheridan College, Bettie Cott and Megan Blake, Hilary Hayes and Tim Richards produce an installation featuring furniture and lighting. Share the act of creating by joining Collage Parties in the Melody Bar hosted by the Collage Collective.
Eyes on Design w/ Stephen Eyes: Thursday, January 23, 8 p.m. in the Ballroom, $10
Collage Party in the Melody Bar: Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Love Design Party: Saturday, January 25, 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Free
Come Up To My Room takes place at the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (at Gladstone Avenue). Tickets are $10 general admission, $25 for school groups (book tours with firstname.lastname@example.org) and $5 for students on Friday, January 24. Show hours are Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.