BEST SURREAL SETTING FOR ART
Feeling part David Lynch, part David Cronenberg, a new exhibit placed almost casually in 18 lived-in rooms at the Patricia Hotel (403 East Hastings Street) is unforgettable as much for its setting as for the fantastical sculptures that bring to mind The Island of Dr. Moreau. Until December 15, you can see Australian artist Patricia Piccinini’s creepily lifelike animal-human hybrids set up with their suitcases and other objects as if they’ve just moved in there from… the future? While you contemplate the scarier propositions of genetic science, you can also gain a sneak peek into a century-old hotel that Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton once called home, that once housed a boxing ring in its basement, and that, early in the previous century, offered rooms for a buck a night. As much as there is to see at Curious Imaginings, this hotel has seen more.