I go more places than just the Gladstone, I promise. They just seem to be killing it with events and exhibitions, I can’t stay away! Today I headed down to the Come up to my Room 2016 show. The CUTMR exhibition is a place for art and design to collide, unite, melt, disagree, catch a cold, get better, hold a grudge, spread a rumour, take risks, fight and make up.
This year was the 13th year of the Gladstone’s exhibition covering 4 floors in art installations. I had attended the Interior Design Show last year and although I had a great time, I was interested in experiencing other forms of design this weekend (both shows run the same weekend- also this weekend was the Toronto Design Offsite Festival).. In retrospect- I actually wish I had attended both and I am a little bummed I didn’t plan my weekend better. I am working right now on my first little photoshoot with a photographer friend of mine THESUPERMANIAK, so this whole weekend has been spent building the set, painting, sourcing etc. If I had managed my time better, I definitely would have hit up IDS to listen to Orlando speak. (GAH, I am angry at myself as I type this.. I am sorry Orlando, I love you! #victim)- Orlando is a CRAZY talented designer who works closely with my design idol Em Hendo. Next year!
Here are two exhibits that really resonated with me:
Style + Profile
“In Africa, as in many other parts of the world, a hairstyle is often named after the famous people that inspired them (Tyson or Ronaldo) or the characteristics it is supposed to bestow upon its adorner (Pretty Boy or Aristocrat). The African barber is not just in the business of cutting hair, he is engaged in the service of shaping identity. The “Style & Profile” installation will explores the duplicity and ephemeralness of identity using the visual language of the hand painted barbershop signs and murals seen throughout Africa.” via
I love when an installation invites the viewer to participate in the experience. Along sides of the installation there were “ID chips” and “Perception lenses”.. The artist encouraged viewers to take a photo wearing these perception lenses.
Perception correction lenses allow you to see (In real time) people exactly how they would like to be seen and not just how you choose to see them. Perception correction lenses not for you? Well luckily there are also ID a chips available. Keep your social media in sync with your real life. Simply insert a chip and your actions will be consistent with your identity of choice. Can’t find your identity of choice? Please feel free to inquire about custom made identities!
Untitled- (Idolization Space) by @studiowoolf & @sara_nick #EAVEN.
“We are obsessed with visual-exacerbated by the internet, a medium that allows little interpretation or consideration for meaning over the immediacy of aesthetics. Our minds crave incessant stimulation, turning to blogs and social media for inspiration and resulting in an immediate and unending stream of imagery, disordered and removed the from the text required to interpret meaning.” via
This one really hit home for me. I am someone who really appreciates aesthetics in visual design- but I also realize the importance of meaning. I really want to dive deeper into the visuals I appreciate so much and learn more about their true meanings. Instead of going so wide on everything, go deep on a few things. It’s really easy to skim the surface and lightly tread in lots of things, it takes commitment, dedication, and patience to go deep. I commend those out there that are really digging under the surface in this hyperactive headline reading culture.