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canada, eh?: gladstone hotel part 2

by Grace Bonney

i could go on and on about the ‘come up to my room‘ show at the gladstone hotel, but i’ll try to keep my comments concise and let the images do the talking. one of my favorite rooms at the show belonged to artist and illustrator derrick hodgson. the room was full of tiny characters drawn on blocks, screens, puzzle games on the wall, and on huge wall murals that filled the room. my favorite piece of his was a moving installation on the ceiling of the room where tiny wooden characters wizzed pass you on a wire system. the moving system itself was a gift from derrick’s girlfriend and her father, so it was fun to see such a cool present turned into artwork. click “play” below to see the system in action. and be sure to check out the handlebar moustache at 0:05 (sorry i shot it sideways- this is why i don’t normally shoot d*s videos)

[it was a close tie between derrick and matt carr for my favorite room at the show. matt and joyce lo had a simple but beautiful installation that consisted of tubes of light spelling out the words “can’t get enough” and hanging lenses. when you looked through the lenses at the light the individual bulbs looked like hearts. then some of the girls in the room suggested i looked out the window and every passing car headlight or sign outside seemed to beam a giant heart at me. so sweet and so fun. thanks for the valentine’s day love, matt carr]

[these fun racquet mirrors and hooks were from artists david chang, andrea chin and amrita takhar. they also created the installation in the center of the room with the hanging porcelain flashlights. their work reminded me of brooklyn in a nice way.]

[motherbrand had a beautiful room that consisted of a penny smasher machine surrounded by original press pennies made by douglas coupland, marian bantjes, burton kramer and paul butler. for $2.01 you could smash your own penny, with the proceeds going to a canadian art studio for street youth. i loved all of the signage on the walls- it was like a festival of typefaces]

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  • Let me tell you something: I am an expert on penny smashers, because my five-year-old niece is completely obsessed with smushed pennies. That is the most amazing penny smasher I have ever seen, and I have been searching for them everywhere I’ve gone for the last three years. Time to go to Canada.

  • go canada!
    I’m really glad you covered this. I was wondering if you would. There are always so many amazing artists at Come Up To My Room.

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