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  1. Genrebeast 5: ACTN CD Release + Halloween Party + 7 Sins Finale

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    As we celebrate the end of the 6-month-long anti-genre residency program and CD release party series, Genrebeast, we want to reflect on the amazing collaborative experience this series has brought to Gamut. Working alongside multi-talented musician, Gus Watkins, Genrebeast has represented the epitome of Gamut Gallery’s mission statement – bringing people together to experience art & stimulate dialogue. The visceral art/sound experience put Gamut at the epicenter of a half-year music residency featuring five album releases from five contradistinctive bands – Ghost Army, DEATHDANCE, Patch, Qaanaaq, and ACTN – which coincided with five of Gamut’s exhibit finales. Aside from hosting this sensory extravaganza, the project has allowed Gamut to join forces with an eclectic array of local bands including Jaedyn James & The Hunger, Mary Bue and the Holy Bones, RP Hooks, Half Tramp and more, creating an event series that merged an audience of art and music lovers alike. Each Genrebeast installment was a great reminder of the mantra: “music is about art movement, not genre; community, not scene; playing, not partying.”

    For the closing reception of the painting series exhibition, #7Sins, we welcome back Genrebeast for one final performance on the Gamut stage featuring the band ACTN. Pronounced by saying the letters, ACTN makes enigmatic music that blends trip-hop, enigmatic alt-pop, and avant garde rock. Music writers from around the world have called the band’s work textured, intoxicating, nifty, fuzzy, cinematic, innovative, soulful, incredibly catchy, complex, sinister, offbeat, moody, stunning, gloomy and dark.

    Genrebeast 5 marks the CD release party of their latest album, “You Will Never Be Known” featuring members Gus Watkins, Peter Kenyon, Ray Minge and KPT. With opening acts K. Raydio, Minnie / Bluntz and The Stress of Her Regard.

    Doubling as a Halloween Party, the night will be filled with live music, a costume contest, seasonal parlor games and fun prizes. This will also be the last chance to view the 7 Sins exhibit from painter Kate Renee. Returning for her second solo show exhibition with Gamut Gallery, Renee debuts her new three dimensional painting technique in her exhibition, 7 Sins. A natural progression to her Beauties Behaving Badly exhibit. Renee’s latest series examines the seven deadly sins – gluttony, wrath, greed, envy, vanity, sloth and lust – each paired with a familiar pop culture icon or classic cartoon character. Through political and pop culture parody, Renee’s characters provide light-hearted, playful narratives for the underlying sinister themes of her work.

    Gus Watkins:
    Gus Watkins is a creatively restless and ambitious multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and lyricist. Watkins has been recording and performing nationally for over a decade, and has been based in Minneapolis since 2007.

    K.Raydio:
    A self-proclaimed “Daughter of the Midwest,” singer/songwriter K.Raydio (born Krysta Rayford) has released two EP’s, performed in many of the Twin Cities’ landmark concert venues (7th Street Entry, Cabooze, Varsity Theater), established a fanbase in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, and conquered stage fright – in less than a year. Who is K.Raydio? You’re about to find out. https://kraydio.bandcamp.com/

    Minnie / Bluntz:
    Minnie Blanco and Mo Bluntz, after years of friendship, finally join forces to release a poppy, yet gritty album for your earholes. https://soundcloud.com/minniebluntz

    The Stress of Her Regard:
    Half of the former indie-rock band, Idle Hands, the trio have emerged with Sport Marriage, an EP that draws influence from the Jesus & Mary Chain, Johnny Cash, and Jim Jarmusch, and comes out sounding more like smart British rock that cashes in on bright beats and clever construction.  https://thestressofherregard.bandcamp.com/releases

  2. A Killer Affair

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    A Killer Affair: A Blacktie Evening

    Artists, musicians, creative makers – you know their art, you know their faces, you get lost in their music videos. But no good artist goes it alone; it takes a village of creative souls to birth a star. Like a gallery nurtures an artist they love, showcasing their work via exhibitions and project management, Polkadot Mayhem has been supporting local creatives since 2014 and Gamut Gallery since 2012. Yet often times the faces behind these businesses, get lost in the crowd. Tonight is a celebration of the talented minds who help launch the careers of the brilliant people they support and believe in.

    Polkadot Mayhem’s tag line is “We do cool things with creative people”, and their track record thus far certainly agrees. Assisting a long list of diverse artists with their musical releases and digital presence, Polkadot Mayhem has covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. Mark Mallman, BOTZY, KPT, Bae Tigre and VAYNS have all released projects through the collective, maintaining a relentless dedication to their mission statement. Meanwhile, Gamut Gallery has hosting more than 35 exhibitions and countless more creative events in their 4+ years of business, giving exposure to hundreds of local emerging and established artists in the Twin Cities, such as Kate Renee, Wundr, Rodrigo Oñate and Rogue Citizen.

    For this event, Polkadot teams up with the gallery for an evening to showcase their recent work and respective platforms for supporting local artists, makers and musicians. A Killer Affair represents an evening of live music, art and inspired conversation with some of the cities’ most innovative and active creative minds. Meet members of Gamut Gallery and Polkadot Mayhem and get the lowdown on highlighted projects, artist representation and their future plans to assist the scene in staying a unique and vibrant cultural hub.

    Musical Performances by:
    BOTZY
    James Patrick (DJ Set)
    with Chuck Love

     

    Art by:
    Kate Renee

     

    Hosted by:
    Jade Patrick
    Friday October 14th, 7-11pm // $5, A Killer Affair will be a black tie affair, encouraging fancy attire.

    BOTZY is a constant collaborator with the work ethic of a top notch athlete. His back catalog ranges from the Ska/Punk band Culture Cry Wolf, to the Indie/Electro-Pop project VAYNES, all the way to any one of his half dozen solo release projects since 2012. His latest release, “Gwen Stefani” energetically touches on 90’s nostalgia while playfully expressing his love for the lead singer of No Doubt.

    James Patrick is a musician and educator with nearly two decades experience DJing and promoting electronic music in Minneapolis and beyond. He is a sound artist driven to bridge people and ideas through music, and is a founding co-owner of Gamut Gallery.

     Follow Gamut Gallery on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks and special announcements leading up to this event. Exhibit’s official hashtag: #killeraffair

     

     

  3. 7 Sins: A new series by Kate Renee

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    Painter Kate Renee returns for her second solo show exhibition with Gamut Gallery debuting her new three dimensional painting technique in her exhibition, 7 Sins. A natural progression to her Beauties Behaving Badly exhibit, Renee’s latest series examines the seven deadly sins – gluttony, wrath, greed, envy, vanity, sloth and lust – each paired with a familiar pop culture icon or classic cartoon character. Through political and pop culture parody, Renee’s characters provide light-hearted, playful narratives for the underlying sinister themes of her work.

    For 7 Sins, Renee uses a recurring motif of “sevens,” applying seven layers of acrylic paint to create a multi-dimensional experience. An experimental departure from previous techniques which involved applying acrylic paint to birch and setting the resin as a sealant over the finished piece, in this series Renee pours layers of resin over natural wood to create thick spaces in between each paint layer producing a bold, 3D painting.

    With a signature style that reads as “edgy with a cute veneer,” Renee’s distinctive bright color palate and stylistic lines draw the viewer to her lowbrow characters, while their sarcastic, dark and often uncomfortable content presents substance beyond the pop surrealist visage. Each body of work doesn’t simply breathe life into a new character, but challenges the viewer to examine the underbelly of society.

    Renee sees the character choices for this series as evolutionary roles of the princess personalities she used in Beauties Behaving Badly – the Queen of Hearts representing “wrath,” the Wicked Witch of the West for “envy,” Mike Teavee from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for “sloth.” While surface level visuals may direct the viewer to relevant pop culture references, the concealed message is often somber and poignant, i.e. her use of the character Mike Teavee implies a political commentary on gun and police violence, a subtle shout-out to the Black Lives Matter movement. In “Greed,” she enlists the personification of the money- bags-toting Monopoly Man, but with minor changes that take on a Trump form. By highlighting relevant, au courant issues and involving her characters as active participants in that role, Renee presents a platform for a conversation between artist and viewer, however twisted that dialogue may turn.

    In January 2013, Kate was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, completed her Beauties Behaving Badly series and implemented a solo exhibition at Gamut Gallery. She had a nearly sell out show with this exhibit. Her 7 Sins exhibit marks Gamut’s longest running exhibition of the year with a series of accompanying pop-up events and performance pieces throughout its stint allowing for more opportunities to connect with the artist and her work.

    EXHIBIT OPEN HOURS
    Thursdays & Fridays // 3-7pm
    Saturdays // 1-7pm
    Or by appointment
    Free and open to the public

    OPENING RECEPTION
    Saturday, October 1st 2017, 7-11pm
    With sets from DJ BLEΔK ROSES (Juleana Enright) and guest DJ BOBA PHAT (Beth Hammarlund of l’étoile magazine)
    $5 admission

    DANCE PERFORMANCE & ART TALK
    Saturday, October 8th 2017, 8-10pm
    Dance performance by Borealis Dance inspired by 7 Sins exhibition. Discussion with Kate Renee and Danielle Ricci of Borealis Dance to follow.
    $10 admission / Doors at 7:30pm, Performance at 8pm

    EXHIBIT FINALE
    Saturday, October 29th 2017, 7-11pm
    Genrebeast 5: ACTN, the final CD release in the Genrebeast parties by Gus Watkins with K.Radiyo, Minnie/Bluntz, & The Stress of her Regard.
    $10 entry, $15 w/ CD





    ABOUT THE ARTIST:
    Kate Renee is an acrylic painter who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She paints edgy works with a cute veneer on wood panel. Kate graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Art, Art History, and an academic minor in Design. She has worked with various galleries and arts organizations in the Twin Cities including the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM), Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA), Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Larson Art Gallery, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, American Swedish Institute and Minnesota State Arts Board (MNSAB). Upon completion of an internship at Altered Esthetics, a non-profit art gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, Kate became their first Director of Solo Exhibitions in January of 2011. Since this opportunity in non-profit program development, Kate has continued to serve emerging artists through her consultation services. Learn more at KateRenee.com

    Follow Gamut Gallery on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks and special announcements leading up to these events. Exhibit’s official hashtag: #7sins

  4. OF VICE AND VIRTUE

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    Working closely alongside fine artist Kate Renee as she created her “7 Sins” collection of paintings, choreographer Danielle Ricci of Borealis Dance showcases performance inspired by the underlying ideologies of the #7Sins exhibition. For this project, Ricci opened up the opportunity for company dancers to chose a sin they had an affinity towards and create dance pieces inspired by those paintings. All of the pieces are interpretations of Renee’s creations, expressed through modern dance in various ways, in sum creating a cohesive response to her work.

    Just like a finger print, no two people see art the same way. “Of Vice and Virtue” is a visual example of how we interpret things and form opinions through an individual lens. What Renee captured in paint, Ricci and fellow Borealis members comment and respond through expressive movement. By welcoming the audience to interpret each piece in their own distinctive way, the experience becomes multi-dimensional, much like Renee’s multi-dimensional paintings, 3-D in their appearance. Through collaboration with local artists, like Kate Renee, Borealis Dance sets out to bridge the gap between art forms to create deep, meaningful work that moves the audiences and challenges them to explore their own understanding.

    Following the performance, Gamut Gallery’s Juleana Enright will mediate an art talk between Kate Renee and Danielle Ricci for an in-depth look into the philosophy behind each painting and dance piece. Audience participation and questions encouraged!

    *Doors at 7:30pm, Performance at 8pm  / $10 admission

     

    ABOUT BOREALIS DANCE 
    Adopting a name inspired by the Aurora Borealis “dancing lights of the sky,” Borealis Dance’s mission is to make the art of dance more accessible to the community by finding new ways to look at our world and reflecting modern life through the art of movement while collaborating with artists in the community to bring a sense of camaraderie among different art forms. In the spirit of integrating new ideas into everyday life, Borealis Dance strives to relate to and inspire their audience on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level to create the experience of a dance that moves you. http://www.borealisdance.org/

    ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
    Painter Kate Renee returns for her second solo show exhibition with Gamut Gallery debuting her new three dimensional painting technique in her exhibition, 7 Sins. A natural progression to her Beauties Behaving Badly exhibit, Renee’s latest series examines the seven deadly sins – gluttony, wrath, greed, envy, vanity, sloth and lust – each paired with a familiar pop culture icon or classic cartoon character. Through political and pop culture parody, Renee’s characters provide light-hearted, playful narratives for the underlying sinister themes of her work.

    Follow Gamut Gallery on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for sneak peeks and special announcements leading up to these events. Exhibit’s official hashtag: #7Sins