Glass, Cinder & Thorns Show at 323East Gallery

Glass, Cinder & Thorns Show at 323East Gallery

Opens Saturday March 20 – Reception from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Runs through April 18, 2010

alt textMegan Frau, birds nest pink

With more than fifteen female artists from Detroit, Montreal, Portland, New York, France, Australia and elsewhere, “Glass, Cinder and Thorns” explores the dark side of fairy tales and their impact on identity. “As children, our parents would read to us bedtimes stories of little mermaids, sleeping beauties, and little red riding hoods. These innocent stories often had evil lurking beneath the pages. What Disney failed to tell you is that, the mermaid dies, multiple suitors defiled sleeping beauty, and the wolf ate Grandma,” explains 323East show curator April Segedi.

Participating Detroit artist DeEtta Harris agrees. “As children we are engulfed in this fairytale world with underlying meaning and darkness. Yes they lived happily ever after, but it usually took great sacrifice and dark magic to achieve it.”

As such, the show’s provocative imagery often appears to be on a mission to decipher the puzzle of identity. “The images they offer up are menacing and ambiguous, soft and dreamlike, familiar and uncanny,” further explains art critic Robert de Valle.

“When I first started thinking about these pieces, I was listening to the song “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes, which has a lot of really nice, sort of dark, imagery in it that I wanted to portray in this series, and then, as I mixed the theme of the show in, it sort of morphed into the concept for the series”, said Jessica Dalva of Los Angeles, CA.

Detroiter Jaclyn Schanes says, “Alice in wonderland has always been a favorite story. A recent trip to Tokyo reinforced my love for the novel.  Alice is very present in Tokyo fashion and design. I decided to dig deeper into where the actual story came from and

alt textCrystal Mielcarek, Riding Hood

came across Alice Liddell.  Cinder, Glass, and Thorns did not ask for the sugar coated expression of the tale.  The story of Miss Liddell has brought up questions of pedophilia. For two of my works I decided to focus on the muse for Alice in Wonderland. The subject matter is very suspicious and awkward to me. For the show, I wanted to express the truth of the fairytale, not in an overt fanatical way, but by using the story that created Alice’s myth. For Little Red, I chose to provoke with the use of blood and gore.  In an original tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the woodsmen cut little red out of the wolfs big bad belly.”  

In honor of this exhibit, 323East is offering a limited edition of 10 signed and numbered Giclee prints of Audrey Pongracz’s “Gooses Geeses”. The print is 18′x15′ printed on canvas, adorned in the original frame. This limited edition offer will go on sale March 9th at 10am on In 2009 Pongracz was named “Artist of the Year” by Real Detroit Weekly, with “Gooses Geeses” gracing the magazine’s cover. The original was sold at Los Angeles Gallery1988 last summer.

In addition to Pongracz, exhibiting artists include Kelly Vivanco, Jessica Dalva, Edith Lebeau, Megan Frauenhoffer, Maria Finna, Tina Tourikis, Nicole Cummings, Lisa Petrucci, Jessamyn Patterson, DeEtta Harris, Jaclyn Schanes, Lost Fish, Crystal Mielcarek, Jeannie Paske, Jenna Colby, Stephanie Skuzenski and more.

323East is located at 323 E. Fourth Street in Royal Oak, Michigan. For more information please call 248-246-9544 or visit