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."