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If you’re feeling artsy on the Strip, you can hit Cosmo's P3 Studio to make your mark on the newest collaborative art project brought to you by the hotel in partnership with the Art Production Fund. This month’s featured artist-in-residence is art professor Mark Brandvik who will be working with guests who want to add a layer to his project, 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
If you’re wondering what the title alludes to, think outer space. Come channel your inner space camp nerd as you build up color layers on Plexiglas to form an image of the Saturn V rocket on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Brandvik uses the iconic image of the shuttle taking off to mirror the collective spirit of the many hands that will go into making this piece of art.
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This is the scene Downtown Las Vegas is chasing. We've long been an advocate of The Cosmopolitan's third-floor P3Studio art space. Even when it fails, it's a crucial and unique connection to global creative cultures. They present some great art with a self-conscious knowing eye turned to its surroundings and anachronistic home in a Las Vegas casino. And, that understanding has been instrumental in driving their booking policy, inviting creative talents who can be commercial and accessible, but possess an innate lilt to rebellion and self-expression. Precisely the world The Cosmopolitan would like to be.
Artist David LaChapelle rightfully fits that description. In the past, we've actually wondered out loud why The Cosmopolitan doesn't commission someone like him to create or license his work for their hotel rooms. And, then the Cosmo goes and actually commissions him to create some work and even brought him to the P3Studio to lecture.
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Here's some art with a practical application. The latest exhibit at The Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio is a series of mini-residencies under the title, Do Not Disturb, "an artistic interpretation of a closed door policy." Six artists have created new door hangers for The Cosmo. You'll be able to buy them as a set soon, but for now, the artists have super-sized versions on display on the third floor.
Theo-Mass Lexileictous, The Date Farmers, Bert Rodriguez, Alan Aldridge and, the most well known contributor, David LaChapelle, each created their variants on the Do Not Disturb/Please Enter theme. Some more successfully than others.
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We've continually charted the work at P3 despite Cosmo continuing to not host a designated web-page for the space, but we care enough about the place to dig out the info on our own. Just last month, we were offered a head-to-toe fashion makeover at the Decades residency. And, remember when we dressed like a Panda in the name of art? We're always up for anything at P3 so we're once again intrigued by Adkins' arrival.
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In a late substitution, The Cosmopolitan shifts from ethereal to practical. Artist duo, The Bumbys, return for a residency in the third floor P3 Studio starting November 7. They'll be providing "fair and honest appraisals of your appearance."
They'll look at you. Think. And, type up a thoughtful appraisal. While completely masked and anonymous.
And, if that description leaves you thoroughly puzzled, you really need to read our review of our Bumby experience back in March. If you are at the Cosmo in November, the pair are a must see.
Renowned for barn-storming a space, taking inspiration from the setting, then unleashing their group unconscious on the process, Paintallica have thrown themselves into the same mind-set for Vegas. A trip to Red Rock Canyon, complete with their own impromptu fireworks display, inspired the colors, petroglyphs and flash that fill these two rooms. Ideas were brainstormed in sketchbooks and then took over the studio. Take a look through our gallery for a better idea of this still-evolving creation.
We wondered if the group was utilizing an Exquisite Corpse technique and we were told we weren't too far off the mark. But this group is able to incorporate props, detritus and physical inspiration from Las Vegas to create this mixed media installation. Not just drawing from the two dimensional words and visuals, they workshopped on paper.
Paintallica have been in operation for about eight years and are spread out around the country, although Portland, Oregon is a spiritual base. They usually only stage two events a year, and are very happy to be working with The Cosmopolitan who have been treating them extremely well.
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The Cosmopolitan'sP3 art Studio is pushing the envelope of art and visitor participation with its latest installation. We've previously praised the virtues of Cosmo's art devotion here and here, but a very bold new residency by artist Mai Ueda promises to be their most daring and quixotic yet. For the rest of April, Mai will be conducting traditional Japanese tea services -- with a distinct twist. In the first event, we dressed and acted as pandas. Yes, we'll get to that in a minute.
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The Bumbys are waiting for you. Part performance. Part art. And, for the right person, pause for thought. You have a limited time to get to The Cosmopolitan and experience it, and we urge you to get Bumby'd:
Two strangers, disguised and mute, will give you, "A Fair & Honest Appraisal of your Appearance." That's what they say, and that's what they do.
Here's the deal. Take the escalator up to The Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio. The one where visiting artists take temporary shelter and create and show their wares. It's a great place. (We love the Cosmo's dedication to art.) When you arrive, stand in line and walk up to face The Bumbys. Gill and Jill. They are faceless, won't talk to you and are wearing headphones, so they may not even be able to hear you.