Katherine Ace
Unwritten Tales
May 31 - July 16, 2016

First Thursday reception
June 2, 2016
open until 8:00pm

Exhibition tour and discussion with Katherine Ace
Saturday, June 11, 2016
1:00pm


Veteran Portland painter Katherine Ace returns to Froelick Gallery with Unwritten Tales, her latest series of oil on canvas works. Her artistic output of the past few years has centered around her interpretations of Grimm's Fairy Tales- from the widely known to the obscure, she is fascinated by the stories as teaching tools, metaphors for life transitions, and segues in to deeper investigations. In this new body of work, Ace does not present her vision of specific stories; rather, she utilizes here their tropes and their symbolism, as well as her own iconography built over the course of dozens of paintings and extensive reading. Several references to kitchens appear- shiny pots billowing steam, place settings, utensils, the seeming remnants of devoured meals- as do surfaces strewn with curious objects- fishbowls, shells, birds' eggs. Animals appear, seeming to be malign (fang-bearing hounds), helpful (wise, watchful dogs, an array of frogs and toads) or mischief-makers (squirrels, a crow, a grinning cat). Overflowing with intriguing narrative elements, Ace invites the viewer to write these tales for themselves. 

The Devil_s Grimy Brother Giants in the Kitchen
40 x 30 inches
SOLD
 
The Devil_s Grimy Brother The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
48 x 30 inches
$5,000  
The Devil_s Grimy Brother Making Soup
60 x 60 inches
$10,000  
The Devil_s Grimy Brother Hearth God
36 x 36 inches
SOLD
 
The Devil_s Grimy Brother Omega Family Dinner with Lava Lamps
30 x 48 inches
$5,000  
The Devil_s Grimy Brother The Empty Room
36 x 36 inches
$4,800  
The Devil_s Grimy Brother Prince and His Loyal Beast
30 x 48 inches
$4,500  
The Devil_s Grimy Brother Mad Hatter
40 x 30 inches
SOLD