Froelick Gallery is pleased to exhibit the latest series of paintings by Katherine Ace in Grimms' Hooks. The basis for these works are the fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, though few may be familiar with her chosen stories or their content- the “hooks” being an entrée in to deeper psychological investigation of these tales. Recognizable titles have been interpreted in fascinating and unexpected ways- Rapunzel appears in simple modern dress, her hair cropped short; Hansel and Gretel are indistinct blue silhouettes seated at a table set with vases of flowers, scattered newspapers, goblets of candy and a plate of small bones; The Ugly Duckling is a simply a gown of white feathers surrounded by a blizzard of gold-leaf shards. Rather than the expected tales of morality, sin and redemption (or those for children), Ace is drawn to stories about individual transformation- characters embark on journeys or are tasked with impossible labors. They may die and be dismembered only to be resurrected and reassembled- potent metaphors for life changes such as giving birth and adolescence.
Elements of Ace's previous still-life works are still present- luxuriant draped fabric, newspaper, piles of fruit and glassware. These canvases also feature three dimensional elements- functinal zippers, fabric, yarn and a digital display- embedded in the paint. Ace continues to explore the confluence of new and traditional media, and to approach traditional source material with a fresh intelligence and irreverence.