Amelia Biewald, Treats / John Gaunt, Rocking Chair
Rosalux Gallery, July 8th – July 30th 2017
Opening Reception: July 8th, 7-10pm
1400 Van Buren Street NE, #195
Minneapolis, MN 55413
In a style that has become distinctly her own, Amelia Biewald intertwines imagery of romantic and powerful female figures, animals, real and imagined histories, and landscapes. Employing a wide range of materials, she creates lands full of sensual and alluring surfaces and textures, often combining references to the Old Masters and Surrealism with contemporary culture. Biewald mingles fact with fiction to recreate fables or intrigues. She captures states of transformation and curious unions seeking the pinnacle of a supernatural beauty.
Sausage Walkers, 2017, watercolor on rag paper, 11 x 11 inches.
In her upcoming show at Rosalux Gallery, Treats, Biewald paints her recent research into Renaissance eating and banquet culture. She creates scrumptious and alluring food presentations appropriate for the grandest dinner party. No grocery stores, no pre-packaged meats. During the Renaissance, if you could catch it, you ate it, and usually ALL of it. Let’s just say we are very picky and boring in our eating habits as compared to those of the 16th century…and the display of our comestibles is far less grand.
Amelia works with a wide variety of materials creating painterly drawings and sculptural works, which often culminate in large multi-textural installations. She received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s College, University of London and then pursued installation artwork at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she received her MFA. She has received various artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her work including The Skowhegan School Of Painting & Sculpture Residency, a Bush Foundation Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship. She recently completed artist residencies at Art Garda, Sirmione, Italy and The Wassaic Project, NY. Amelia’s solo exhibition Autour De La Fin Du Monde was on view at The Soo Visual Arts Center in 2016.
I have an empiricist approach to making. In recent years I have been developing a kind of “graphic scaffolding” inspired by weather and the shifting architecture of rivers. This scaffolding or intuitive gesture has become a malleable motif for me across artistic processes – allowing me to generate new combinations of abstract structures, illusionistic spaces and diagrammatic drawing. The accumulation of this practice is beginning to yield a kind of personal topology.
Mend, Oil on Canvas, 22″ x 26″
John Gaunt has been active in university teaching since 1995. Educated in the United States and abroad, he maintains a studio practice in Minneapolis that embraces generative processes through painting, drawing and model building. Gaunt is a member of Rosalux Gallery in NE Minneapolis where he exhibits his work annually.
Building on a career that began as a realist painter, Gaunt has distilled his research into an abstract language that is at once gestural and restrained. Interested in the idea of painting and drawing serving as a proposition, the work offers closure yet resists naming – a desirable tension that occupies his current practice.
His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and acquired in both public and private collections. He has held numerous visiting artist and guest lecturer positions including, the Burren College of Art in Ireland, the International Academy Neukloster Germany, School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas, Gustavus Adolphus College, Cazenovia College, University of Minnesota, Hamline University, and University of Wisconsin Stout.