On second thought, Banksy wasn’t quite right.
Henderson artist Jason Adkins — a painter known for his large, writhing abstracts and a sculptor known for arrangements of stacked boxes — was prepping for his upcoming stint in the Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio. That’s the space set aside by the culture-friendly resort for interactive art projects.
Adkins’ idea was to have gallery visitors re-create notable paintings, piece by piece. The idea: Divide the source images into 1-inch squares. Have viewers pick a square and paint that tiny portion of the artwork onto a larger, blank, 4-inch-square piece of wood … and by that method, assemble replicas of each original — each final piece comprising 60-80 small paintings done by Cosmo guests, who could then single out their contributions.
“I wanted something they could do in 15 or 20 minutes,” he said.
But what paintings to begin with? One early idea: Something by guerilla street artist Banksy. Hip, urban, surely recognizable to the Cosmo crowd.
But also unabashedly political. The image Adkins had in mind was one critical of the Catholic Church for its child-abuse scandals.
“I should probably pick something less controversial,” Adkins sighed last week.
Actually, about 20 such images, one for each day of his Jan. 9-Feb. 6 residency. See for yourself which images he picked; studio hours are Wednesdays-Sundays, 6-11 p.m.