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September 30, 2014

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And The Cosmopolitan’s new artist-in-residence is …

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Artist Steven Spann.

Move over, Fab5Freddie and your kickass portraits of Swarovski-bedazzled pugilists and strippers. The Cosmopolitan’s new artist-in-residence is Steven Spann, a Las Vegas artist who will be working with discarded materials on property -- wine corks, gift bags from the marketing department and general packing trash that might find its way into the hotel’s P3 Studio, Spann’s public workspace for the next six weeks.

Spann, who had a similar trash-into-art project at World Market Center, was approached recently by Chris Burns, The Cosmo’s director of content and entertainment curation, and asked to move into the space as part of an engagement project: the artist working with staff and guests who provide him with the material. He moved his studio last Friday and will be working 2 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

The exhibit is timely in the “green”-centric era where we’re well into the habit of examining consumerism and throwaway lifestyle.

Spann says his studio work and art address the myth of ownership -- what’s valued, what’s discarded, how materials get processed and the idea of turning waste into something of value.

A fan of Diebenkorn, Picasso and Chagall, Spann adopts their style of thick brush strokes, palette and, in some cases, abstraction. Spann says most of his work is exhibited and sold out of state, but locals familiar with SoHo Lofts will have seen his paintings featured in the lobby and on nearly every floor.

This story was first posted on LasVegasWeekly.com.

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