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We visited the exhibition COME UP TO MY ROOM – JAN 23-26, 2014

Come Up To My Room, Toronto’s largest alternative design show enters a new decade with new initiatives and a diverse lineup of local and national talent: 25 installations, 60 artists, and 4000 visitors, all in under 4 days. Gladstone Managing Director of Art, Britt Welter-Nolan is joined by three new curatorial forces: Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Elise Hodson.

Concurrent with Toronto design week and our annual textile show, Hard Twist, CUTMR 11 will empower the artists and designers to create their site-specific installations that put the creative’s vision first. Surprise, rush, urgency and risk are inherent characteristics of a show that that celebrates the surprise and discovery of the 11th hour when art and design installations come together.

In the eleven years that have passed since Christina Zeidler and Pamila Matharu envisioned the first edition of CUTMR, the Toronto design community has come into its own. CUTMR has been at the forefront of this change, discovering new talent while giving established designers and artists a chance to experiment with fresh ideas and unusual collaborations in a unique heritage landmark. One of CUTMR’s distinguishing features has always been a curatorial process that embodies ideas of trust and risk, encouraging exhibitors to produce work that tests their limitations. These results have always been pleasantly surprising, not only to CUTMR’s many visitors, but to the curators and designers as well.

This year, the show intentionally brings into collision a range of creative practices and techniques. Projects range from miniature to macro, craft-based to digital, fantasy to epistemological, public to private and historical to contemporary. The ever-increasing presence of digital technology in design and art collides with more craft-based analogue responses. Each artist will offer insight into how technological know-how, skills and creative talent can construct new trajectories for art and design. The goal is to bring these approaches face to face at the eleventh hour resulting in interesting and strange interactions, collaborations and contradictions.

CUTMR11 will also include special programming tied to the exhibition. On Saturday, January 25th, the annual Love Design party will attract revelers from across the city to the Gladstone’s ballroom, which will feature a one-night-only design installation created specifically for this event by Justin Broadbent. New this year, a comedic affair hosted by Stephen Eyes brings out the lighter side of design and hosts interviews in a playful musical evening event.