Korean sculptor and prolific artist, Wook Jang Cheung, opens "Long Journey Home" at The Shops at Crystals!
Korea’s nationally prominent sculptor Wook Jang Cheung dreams big. His sculptures of elephants, polar bears and deer, which will be on display in his Las Vegas show at The Shops at Crystals, stand more than nine feet tall. Wook’s elongated figures stand on fantastically statuesque legs that seem to have been inspired by an incredible, surrealistic dreamscape as much as the animals themselves.
“Statues stand, I want my work to be in motion, to connote the journey. These figures gaze out at an unseen destination that is beyond our horizon,” said Wook Jang Cheung.
"Cheung's expansion of form is fluid and elegant. The stainless steel pieces represent strength and endurance. ‘The Long Journey’ easily resonates in each of us, at any time and any given place, as we all yearn to reach a destination," said Henkel. “For the artist, the variety in forms ultimately represent life as a metaphor. The road is a representative model. Cheung opens up the road to life through his sculptures. Just as the way journeys do to us, roads, too, can lead us to a model of life.”
The exhibit will be on display until October 13th on the first level of The Shops at Crystals.
Opening this June, a new installation by internationally acclaimed artist James Turrell will debut at The Shops at Crystals. The ‘James Turrell Installation at Crystals’ is the latest addition to the CityCenter Fine Art Collection, the first major permanent collection in Las Vegas integrated into a public space.
Central to the project is the transformation of the monorail station where light will immerse the space with color, in coordination with the arrival and departure of each train. In response to the unique architecture of the Daniel Libeskind-designed building, Turrell created a new visual experience for guests of the luxury fashion center. The installation will feature works that can be experienced from multiple vantage points – seen from afar as subtly changing planes of color or from within an area flooded with light.
“This installation continues the commitment of CityCenter to bring the most important artists and artworks to Las Vegas,” notes Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “James Turrell will create a visual experience never before seen, embodying the wonder of Las Vegas.”
The commission for Crystals incorporates many of the series from the extensive oeuvre Turrell has developed over the last four decades including Space Division, Wide Glass, and Shallow Space Construction. An artist whose works play with perception and the effect of light within a created space, Turrell believes human perception to be his true medium; in his words, “My art is about your seeing.”
Crystals will unveil the installation and monorail station on the occasion of four concurrent exhibitions of Turrell’s work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.
In addition to exhibiting at the world’s foremost museums and galleries, James Turrell is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship, The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Medal for Architecture, a National Endowment for the Arts, Frankfurt’s Friedrich Prize and France awarded him its highest honor for the arts, making him a Commandeur de L’Order des Arts et des Letters.
Since 2009, CityCenter has dedicated considerable resources to cultivate an unparalleled corporate art collection. The CityCenter Fine Art Collection features works by acclaimed artists, sculptors, and visionaries including Antony Gormley, Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, Richard Long, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Nancy Rubins, and Frank Stella among others.
Richard MacDonald’s sculpture arrests our attention: it commands the space, and we are drawn into a sensory experience that continues to unfold on many levels. This many-layered fascination is what makes the sculpture of Richard MacDonald intriguing, exciting, and challenging – it is not something we can take in at a glance, and understand in an instant – this is what gives it power. The Ritual series exemplifies this principle to the highest degree. Composed of two independent sculptures, a male and female figure, and one composition of the two interacting with each other. Like the taut string of a bow, there is a powerful sense of pent-up energy in the form of the female dancer. We sense that her dance is primal, instinctive and intense. Her male counterpart is the embodiment of muscular control: his strength tightly reigned and purposeful. Each figure individually makes a beautiful statement about the capacity of the human form for expressive movement, and together the composition has a rhythmic pulse that speaks of the force that draws the male and female together.
To view or purchase The Ritual please visit The Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil located at Crystals at CityCenter on Gallery Row.
This past May, guests joined renowned sculpture artist Richard MacDonald and veteran Cirque du Soleil performers Stephan Choiniere and Angelina Puzanova for a special edition of Crystals at CityCenter's Meet the Artist series. Richard discussed his creative process and how he interacts with his models, focusing on their movement, attitude and persona to rapidly capture the most compelling moment in a sequence of movements. The evening also featured Stephan and Angelina, two of Richard's muses, performing their new act "Fugazi."