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Paintings, drawings, work in wire to be displayed at CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery
Jan. 31, 2012
The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus Art Gallery will feature “Comfort and Loss,” new works that Providence artist CW Roelle created from wire as well as works on paper and paintings by Warren artist William Schaff, Feb. 2 through 29.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, with an artists’ talk at 5:30 p.m. The gallery is located in Room 3500 on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave.
Roelle said the pieces in this show arrived from an appreciation of ﬁne furniture, architectural detail and subtle – if not hidden – narrative. Of his wire pieces, he writes, “There was a time when I only drew with a pencil, but then a day came when, while looking at a ﬁgure I had just drawn on a page, I wanted to reach into the paper and grab the lines in my hands and move them around. So I started to remake my pencil drawings with wire, a line I could hold.”
Schaff’s figurative drawing, collages, paintings, paper cuts, tattoo designs and dioramas have a feel of early 20th century expressionism and, similar to Roelle, are based on a line. He has created artwork for authors as well as notable independent musicians such as Okkervil River, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and many more. Georgia-based Gravestone Records will produce a hardcover art book featuring Schaff’s music-related artwork accompanied by a record of music that Jason Molina recorded specifically for this project.
Roelle and Schaff earned bachelor’s degrees in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998 and 1996, respectively. Roelle recently has exhibited in galleries in Providence, New Hampshire, Oregon, New York and Massachusetts. Schaff’s work has been shown in galleries in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida and in Canada in recent years.
The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, e-mail gallery director Viera Levitt or visit the Art Department Web page.