Opening on February 5, Studio Channel Islands Art Center will be “Classical Contemporary” showcasing sculptures by first-rate artists Russell McMillin and David Elder. This spectacular exhibit will feature a series of life sized ceramic torsos by McMillin and carved wooden sculptures by Elder.
Russell McMillin references, “Power, Culture, Icons, is about humanity and our relationship with power. This work is a reflection of humanities search for self awareness and our relationship to the issues of nature, god and society. The work relates to the acquisition of power, cultural development and, ultimately, societies creation of iconic images.
These sculptures incorporate influences and elements from pre-history, history and contemporary society. The icons used are drawn from universal themes found in stories handed down for millenniums. Those themes are incorporated with more contemporary images, reflecting the continually evolving values of our society.”
McMillin holds a Bachelor of Art in Art from Sonoma State University and a Masters of Fine Arts, California State University Northridge. Sharing his knowledge of the arts has been a mainstay of his art career. Positions held within the teaching profession include Arts Coordinator, Instructor of 3-Dimensional Art and Sculpture, as well as Lecturer in many arenas, such as Art Education and Art History. He is currently the Professor of Art, Sculpture at El Camino College.
He has had numerous exhibitions, his most recent, “Figurative Dimensions”, was held at California State University Dominguez Hills in December 2009.
David Elder’s exhibit, “Spring Wear 2010”, is a series of carved wood sculptures done in the tradition of Greek Classical carving and reflects the current fashion found in women’s clothing today. Mr. Elder notes, “These wood sculptures denote the sensuality of today’s young women’s fashion, found in any upscale dress boutique.”
Elder earned a Master of Art Degree from Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of numerous institutional research grants from California State College, Los Angeles, and was awarded School of the Arts Research Grant from California State University, Northridge. In addition to his continuing research within the arts, he held positions as consultant, curator and professor at California colleges and universities. Prior to his retirement from CSUN in 2000, he was appointed Associate Dean, School of the Arts, and Chairman, 3-Dimensional Art Department at California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Elder’s extensive list of achievements, exhibitions, awards and commissions include Artist of the Year Award, Guest Lecturer, Invitational Juror and Faculty Forum in Humanities Workshop Leader. He produced a special exhibit for the J. Paul Getty Museum and completed a number of commissions of large brazed bronze, welded steel, copper, polyester and wood sculptures on display in Maryland, Indiana and California.