Over the years, artist Kate Renee has taken classic characters from children's programming and fairy tales and turned them on their head: Cookie Monster becomes a mainlining addict, Sleeping Beauty is a hallucinating drunk. These sometimes grim, sometimes playful images are presented as pieces of art that could easily blend in among colorful kids stickers and posters, as their clean, graphic style pops with primary and pastel palettes that would be at home in a My Little Pony or Powder Puff Girls cartoon. For her latest exhibition, "Beauties Behaving Badly," the Minneapolis painter revisits Disney princesses and other ladies from fables and fairy tales, giving them each a naughty twist. Little Bo Peep is losing her undergarments (not sheep) this time, while it isn't a pea keeping the Princess and the Pea awake. Though the images boast clean graphic lines and sparse elements, each piece tells a story that that builds on old tales with modern reinterpretations. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, January 18.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 22, 2014