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Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace: A Metals Exhibition

Dates: October 7-29, 2021
Symposium (Free and Open to the Public): Friday, October 8th, 10 AM-4:30 PM

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Michael Nashef, Degrees of Degradation
Michael Nashef, Degrees of Degradation, 2019, concrete, dyed concrete, copper, brass, steel

Rhode Island I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s (Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions) Peace is a visual art exhibition featuring artworks made from decommissioned handguns by twenty local and national artists, including three Rhode Island College alumni, at Bannister Gallery. The goals for the exhibition are to transform defunct objects of destruction into aesthetic objects of contemplation that draw attention to the impact of gun culture and violence and to art as a force for transformation. Organized by Boris Bally, Dianne Reilly, Sara Picard, and Victoria Gao, RI I.M.A.G.I.N.E.s Peace is a specifically metals-focused exhibition that seeks to educate RI metalsmiths, benefits from RI’s history of metal manufacturing, and hosts exhibits of world-class metals artists from home and away. While Bannister Gallery supports all artists involved in this exhibition, the specific views and opinions expressed by each artwork are those of the individual artist only.

Invited Artists:        

Matthew Coté
Lauren DelBrocco
Peter Diepenbrock
Shingo Furukawa
Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch
Stefan Gougherty
Hoss Haley
Vee Hight
John Huckins
Rob Jackson
Nicole Jacquard
Niki Johnson
Terry Lavin
Tim Lazure
Michael Nashef
John Rais
Catherine Rubery
Howie Sneider + Peter Tenney
Peter Snyder
Billie Theide
James Thurman
Jennifer Walstead
Stephen Yusko


John O’Connor: Self-Avoiding Walks

John O'Connor, Conspiracy Shape
John O’Connor, Conspiracy Shape: Fakers Sent Inn, 2019, graphite and colored pencil on paper

Dates: November 10-December 10, 2021
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 10th 4-7 PM

John O’Connor will present a group of large drawings, a series of smaller text-based paintings on panel, and several free-standing sculptures. This exhibition, facilitated by Professor Richard Whitten, will focus primarily on O’Connor’s large-scale, labor-intensive works on paper. In these drawings, O’Connor transforms disparate forms of information and data through idiosyncratic processes, creating equally idiosyncratic abstract shapes, forms, patterns, and text. His drawings evolve incrementally over long spans of time, as O’Connor absorbs, plots, and transforms information into vibrantly colored pieces that straddle an aesthetic line between diagrams and fully articulated structures and spaces. O’Connor utilizes text in myriad ways, both in form and function: from jotting down miniscule process notes to rendering visually complex cursive and block letters in his own invented fonts. Conceptually, the O’Connor’s works attempt to give visual form to those fraught moments when an individual's internal intentions and desires are affected, opposed, or concretely influenced by a more powerful natural, political, or psychological force.

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