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  1. 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

  2. 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