NAO UDA: P3STUDIO
- Date: May 14 - June 15, 2014
- Location: Las Vegas, NV
- Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
- Artists: Nao Uda
YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT TO US
May 14 – June 15, 2014
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 Nao Uda. During her residency, Uda will invite guests to participate in an art-for-idea exchange. Titled Your Comments are Important to Us, this project asks guests to look at, think about and share their ideas on untitled pieces of art, free from the bias an artist-provided name may lend.
Uda believes art in a museum or gallery is often viewed through the lens of the artist or curator. Viewers tend to seek context and understanding through the work’s title in addition to the other background information that is often provided. According to Uda, this encourages viewers to understand first and see second rather than simply taking in the art from their own point of view. In her work Your Comments are Important to Us, Uda seeks to eliminate these preconceptions.
Filling P3Studio with large-scale, untitled paintings of her alter-ego “Nu,” Uda will ask guests to express a title for their favorite piece. Open to people of all ages and nationalities, guests will be invited to write their title in whatever language they wish or manner they like. For example, children may choose to draw rather than write. Uda will then take a photograph of guests with their titles in front of their chosen artwork and guests will leave with the photograph while their ideas stay in the studio with Nu and the artist.
Born and currently living in Japan, Nao Uda works across a variety of mediums, often using photography and painting to produce works that highlight her alter-ego Nu. Her work has been featured in solo shows in Japan and Taiwan and in group exhibitions in New York, Japan and Jordan. She has guest lectured at National Chung Cheng University and is about to take part in a year-long residency in Canada.
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.