• Date: April 16 - May 11, 2014
  • Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • Partner: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Artists: Pearl C. Hsiung

Press Release



April 16 – May 11
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 Pearl C. Hsiung. During this residency, guests are invited to join Hsiung in her P3Studio workshop to experience her video-making process. From participating in live-action footage to crafting collage backgrounds and stop-motion animations, guests will take on a variety of roles, ultimately helping Hsiung to produce a video work titled Original Face.

This art piece in the form of a looping video will explore the elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood and their role as agents of process, change and  the earthy seasons. Hsiung will devote one week of her four week residency to each of the elements, inviting guests to perform representational or abstract enactments of seasonal landscapes, natural features and weather elements. For example, guests may use their head, held still, as a mountain or their whole body to create the movement of a wind-blown leaf. Alternatively, guests can choose to create watercolor and construction paper background artworks or stop motion vignettes.

Hsiung will complete the piece by blending her guests’ work with additional video taken in the nearby desert landscape. At the end of her residency, the final video will be displayed on the digital portals throughout The Cosmopolitan; however, dailies will be exhibited in P3Studio throughout the process.  Additional video works – Volcanic Ash, Yellow Stoner and The Softest Thing will also be on exhibition during her residency.

A Los Angeles-based artist, Pearl C. Hsiung explores the space between representation and abstraction, often a site for humorous commentary.  Her intensely colorful large-scale canvases, small studies, and performance videos challenge the banality of the images that dominate post-minimalist contemporary art. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions in her home state, most recently at Human Resources, Los Angeles, Hsiung’s work has been featured at the Max Wigram Gallery and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, Villa Arson in France, and the Busan Biennale in South Korea.

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.