A new video and works on paper by Pearl C. Hsiung
1 March - 15 March 2014

Closing and performance event Saturday 15 March 2014, doors 8 pm, performance 9 pm

Organized by Anna Sew Hoy

Video still from Yellowstoner

Yellowstoner is both the title for Pearl C. Hsiung's solo exhibition and for the video work that will be premiered at Human Resources.  In the fall of 2010, with the help of a USA Projects grant, Hsiung traveled to Yellowstone National Park.  The resulting video follows the journey of a lone character moving through the geothermal features, waterfalls, and vast landscapes of the park.  Hsiung composed a free-form musical score in collaboration with musicians Kelly Coats, Kathleen Kim, Scott Martin, and Coady Willis.

The upstairs gallery features a suite of works on paper painting esoteric words generated from Hsiung's iconography and mythopoeia.  Words and phrases such as ABAATANAABA and HISSING CORALS appear and dissolve into the ink-and-enamel soaked paper.

While Hsiung is known for her large-scale canvases depicting colorful landscapes that verge on the anthropomorphic and psychedelic, here in the video Yellowstoner, a real landscape becomes the expressions of the lone figure whose face we never see.  The new word paintings conjure these mystic landscapes and further suggest the merging of subject and object, figure and ground, the idea of self and non-dualism.

The exhibition will close with GEYZERZ, a performance event that centers around footage of Yellowstone's most well-known and reliable geyser captured on September 2, 2010 at 6:51 p.m.  In this 29-minute video, Old Faithful spurts minor puffs of steam and water as the setting sun tints the sky from light blue to mauve to violet.  Finally, Old Faithful launches into a powerful eruption 7 minutes long.  Musicians will perform a live soundtrack while vocalists standing in the audience will 'sing' at the peak of the eruption.  If at this point, the audience is seduced into joining the sonic outbreak , the room could become a kinetic eruption of its own.  All are welcome to let off some steam in the dance party to follow.

April 16 – May 11Hours: Wednesday – Sunday | 6 – 11PM 
P3StudioThe 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, 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.