• Date: November 13 - December 08, 2013
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Artists: FIeld Kallop

Press Release



November 13 – December 8, 2013
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday | 6 – 11PM

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in partnership with Art Production Fund, is pleased to announce artist-in-residence Field Kallop. Through an interactive exhibit called A Sum of Harmonies, Kallop will invite guests into a healing space to participate in the creation of sand paintings. Filled with sand and set in motion, pendulums will harness gravity to generate rhythmic, geometric designs on the floor. The striking elliptical patterns that are created will evoke the beauty and order inherent everywhere in the natural world. A Sum of Harmonies offers guests an opportunity to step away and calm their minds, restore their spirit and enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation.

Kallop will suspend pendulums in the studio and arrange them in a specific configuration every evening based on the current movements of astronomical objects. Guests are then invited to fill the pendulums with different shades of local desert sand and set the pendulums in motion. By determining the direction and speed of the pendulum's movement, each guest will influence the size, shape and orientation of the sand forms generated, resulting in a pattern on the floor that is uniquely their own. As more guests participate the forms will multiply, covering the floor in geometric arrangements. The collective sand drawing will be on display for 24 hours and will then be swept away, to start over the next day. This ritual reflects a common tradition among cultures that practice sand painting—allowing for new drawings to be made while also speaking to the impermanence of life and the cyclical nature of the universe. After participating,  guests will be asked to share their thoughts in the guestbook.

Field Kallop received an MFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and a BA in Art History from Princeton University in 2004. An Awards Program Nominee at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, Kallop has recently exhibited work at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, PA; Allegra LaViola Gallery and Mixed Greens in New York, NY; Storefront Bushwick and Tompkins Projects in Brooklyn, NY; and The Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY. Drawing inspiration from 20th-century abstract artists like Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin, Kallop’s work reflects her fascination with math, physics and astronomy. She was born in 1982 in New York, where she currently  lives and works.

The artist-in-residence program at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas represents one component of its larger art program, in which artists create projects that are interactive and participatory, giving guests the opportunity to connect at an authentic and personal level.  Developed and curated in partnership with Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, it strives to reach new audiences and expand awareness through contemporary art.