Love Bites & Invisible Present Featuring The Work Of Amelia Biewald & Frank Meuschke
Exhibition Dates: November 2, 2019 - December 1st, 2019
Opening reception: November 2nd, 2019, 7-10pm
Invisible Present: Landscapes of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Frank Meuschke’s latest landscape photographs are an exploration of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve -one of the most significant, if little known, sites dedicated to ecology science in the world. Made over the course of a year as Cedar Creek’s artist in residence, the work came to terms with the invisibility of the ecological dimension by focusing on the arcane presence of scientific apparatus within its varied ecological niches. Meuschke’s photographs create a new landscape inspired by the Cedar Creek’s magical interrelation of people and place.
Frank Meuschke is a visual artist living and working in Minnetrista, MN. He has exhibited his paintings, photographs, and sculpture nationally at venues such as the Portland Museum of Art, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University Fine Arts Gallery, Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie, NY, The Painting Center, New York, NY, and Waseca Arts Center, Waseca, MN. A recipient of a 2019 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Frank has also been awarded the Stobart Foundation Grant, Socrates Emerging Artist Fellowship Grant, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Henry Street Settlement, and Weir Farm Arts Center. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at Rosalux and the Coffman Gallery at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
For her exhibition at Rosalux, Amelia will construct a large site-specific installation based on a bizarre true story from eighteenth century England: the case of Mary Toft. Toft supposedly gave birth to rabbits, and in the press this British “invasion” took the country by storm. Referencing multiple periods in history, these past waves of hysteria are recontextualized with the new wave of British heavy metal music that crashed in the 1980’s. Def Leppard’s Hysteria topped the charts in 1987. Biewald imagines these rabbit bad boys of rock in a brand new site-specific installation. In Love Bites these animal heavy metal hooligans seemingly race, elongated for speed and sexual prowess.
Biewald giddily intertwines fact and fiction, blurring boundaries between the possible and the impossible. She creates bucolic worlds tinged with mystery, imagination and eerie beauty.
Amelia Biewald works with a wide variety of materials creating intricate paintings and sculptural works which culminate into large multi-textural installations. She mingles fact and fiction to recreate fables or intrigues where myth, custom, history and science converge. She holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmiths College, U. of London, and a M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College Of Art and Design. She has received several artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her work including the Skowhegan School Of Painting and Sculpture, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Jerome Artist Fellowship, and a MN State Arts Board Award. She continues to exhibit her work internationally, and acts as a curator for The Royal Society Of American Art in Brooklyn, NY.