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5 must-see installations at Come Up to My Room 2013

Posted by Kate Fane / January 25, 2013

come up to my room 2013"25 installations, 40 artists, 4,000 people all in under four days." Such is the madness of Come Up to My Room, the annual celebration of art and design that takes over the Gladstone Hotel for four jam-packed days of installations, talks, and one massive party.

Now celebrating its 10 year anniversary, Come Up to My Room is returning to its roots this year. The event's website has been turned into an archive of previous show highlights, and this year's curators (founders Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu, along with Noa Bronstein and David Dick-Agnew) have encouraged their chosen designers to focus on what inspired the initial creation of the event by "occupying and altering a space in a dramatic, conceptual, or experimental way."

As the participating designers have no real boundaries beyond the hotel room walls that hold their creations, Come Up to My Room tends to blur the boundaries between our conventional expectations of art and design, resulting in some fabulously compelling work. Here are my five must-see installations in this year's show:

come up to my room 2013Reflections from the Bottom Up

As the current resident artist at the Gladstone, Bruno Billio was certainly the most familiar with his assigned room going in. And thus, his room is also the most personal, decorated with his previous design work and illuminated by his mother's repurposed chandelier. As a final touch, the undersides of all the room's furniture and the floor itself were covered in a mirrored surface, in order to create a "reflective parallel universe," and to "allow the viewer to experience how I view the everyday world around me." It's a fascinating, if disorienting, look into the mind and space of a working artist.

come up to my room 201315,000 Rosaries

Meticulously assembled by design collective Fictional Territories, this project celebrates the ceremonial aspects of its own formative process. Six days of human labour were required to complete a rosary of 50 hand-dyed beads, 15,000 of which were then arranged in a tight spiral. It's a beautifully constructed (and beautiful-smelling) piece, which also draws attention to the largely unseen reality of such repetitive work in the Western world.

come up to my room 2013A Common Thread

Linking the common threads of the Gladstone Hotel's relationship with its surrounding area over time, Quadrangle Architects Limited also weaves in deconstructionism and the history of textiles within interior design into their ambitious installation. A Common Thread also manages to escape its assigned room, stretching into a beautiful yarn sculpture in the hallway outside.

come up to my room 2013In All Falsehood

SUMO Project, who consider themselves "artists with architectural backgrounds," have created a truly stunning fusion of the two within Room 202. Viewers walk inside a mirrored box in which dozens of neon lights are installed in such a way that one quickly loses a sense of distance, perspective, and even time. It's a difficult piece to describe accurately, so head over and experience it in person.

come up to my room 2013The Island of Bonemeal

Rachel Speir's fantastical installation of a "fractured fairy tale" truly transforms the hotel room into another world. In Wes Anderson-esque fashion, Speirs uses childlike imagery in her combination of lightboxes, projection video, hanging fabric, and one massive wooden shipwreck. The Island of Bonemeal is a truly immersive piece that definitely succeeds in "occupying and altering a space in a dramatic, conceptual, or experimental way."

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Come Up To My Room takes places on the Gladstone Hotel's exterior and inside the café, the ballroom, and the second-floor gallery. Exhibition hours are: Friday 11:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am-5:00

Photos by Natta Summerky



Rob / January 25, 2013 at 01:00 pm
Last time I went to this, it was literally impossible to examine or enjoy any of the exhibits due to over crowding. I really hope the organizers do a better job of crowd control this year.
Masha / January 25, 2013 at 01:30 pm
Does anyone know how much the tickets are?
Ford replying to a comment from Rob / January 25, 2013 at 01:36 pm
Yes, hopefully they keep all the other pesky visotors away so you can enjoy yourself.
Jer / January 25, 2013 at 01:52 pm
Not sure why the article didn't mention the cost.. It is $10 according to this link:

But says "free" this Saturday night from 10pm to 2:30am. For some party... not sure the full details on that.
Kalebq replying to a comment from Jer / January 25, 2013 at 02:37 pm
Saturday night is the Love Design Party in the Ballroom with DJs & an installation by the Department of Unusual Certainties. It is indeed free. The majority of the exhibition is on the 2nd Floor where it is $10.
KB / January 27, 2013 at 09:18 am
Very badly organized - on Saturday night, the second floor was obviously at capacity and they continued to takr people's money and pile them in like cattle. Disgusting.
SP replying to a comment from KB / January 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Oh, KB... the Saturday night is a PARTY. Any other time but Saturday night the exhibit was easy to see. I went on Friday evening with friends and had no problem seeing anything. Other friends went on Sunday and had no problem seeing anything. Anyone that goes to exhibitions knows that the reception night is the worst time to see work. I'd say that a good party= great organization. If people know about a show then the organizers did their jobs. I also went to the PARTY and had a great time knowing that I wasn't going to see much of the show that time.
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