8/1 — 7/4/2019
MGM presented “Celebrating Life – Ju Ming Living World Sculpture Selling Exhibition”, this exhibition showcased the internationally renowned artist’s Living World series at MGM COTAI and exhibited over 40 pieces of unique wood carving work of Ju, including painted wood, black and white painted wood, as well as wood relief sculptures.
Living World series is one of the most iconic series of Ju Ming, inspired by his multicultural experiences and with over 30 years of development, Ju Ming applies both traditional and contemporary materials, such as wood and stainless steel in this series; and out of all, wood carving sculpture is the most significant, for Ju carves directly on log piece with his signature sharp cutting strokes that create one-of-a-kind works.
Colorful Painted Wood Sculptures, Rippling Gallery
Ju has begun working on his Living World Series with his colorful Painted Wood sculptures. During his early apprenticeship, Ju had been trained in the practice of painted carvings, and was continuing in this traditional legacy. He also assimilates traditional wood carving techniques with modern abstraction to depict social phenomena, and preserve traditional virtue of filial piety.
Black and White Painted Wood and Wood Relief Sculptures, Roaming Gallery
Ju has later shifted his focus to black and white Painted Wood and Wood Relief sculptures, as well as sculptures left in their original raw wood color. His intention in using a minimalist palette is to give more attention to the carving of the works, capturing the essence and gestures of his subjects in the series.
Stainless Steel Sculptures, Floating Gallery
Ju twists and rolls stainless steel sheets, giving the Stainless Steel sculptures a complementary sense of hardness and softness, like the wood sculptures.
The series features Ju’s survey on human relationships with an emphasis on the aesthetic concept of merging art into life, and life into art, which is in perfect harmony with MGM’s mission in making art more accessible to the public.