'Glutthoney' Kate Renee


7 Sins

Daily from Oct. 1-29
Time Varies
Art, Galleries

Art lovers know Minneapolis painter Kate Renee for her “Beauties Behaving Badly” series, which combined classic fairytale characters and sinister scenarios, such as Snow White injecting herself with Botox and Belle seen with bruises from a beating. Renee’s new exhibition, opening at Gamut Gallery on Saturday, takes that twisted whimsy to another level with “7 Sins.” Pulling from modern influences like Kim Kardashian’s selfie obsession, the presidential election, and violence in the local community, Renee gives lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and vanity a fresh — if unsettling — interpretation. Throughout, Renee plays with the number seven, not only in details but in the painting process, layering acrylic and resin on birch panels to create three-dimensional works of art. With Winnie-the-Pooh gorging himself on honey, a gruesome depiction of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, and Trump disguised as a money-grubbing Monopoly Man, Renee’s work is colorful enough for children to delight in but dark enough to amuse adults. DJ sets, live music, a dance performance, and an artist’s talk are scheduled during the exhibition’s run. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 1 ($5 cover), and an exhibit finale from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, October 29 featuring a CD-release show from ACTN ($10-$15 cover charge).