The Georgia Straight - - Best Of Vancouver -

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.

Photo by Lucy Lau

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