Autour De La Fin Du Monde: Amelia Biewald

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Join us for the opening reception of Autour de La Fin Du Monde, a site-specific installation by Amelia Biewald.
This draws its conceptual anchor from the French science fiction film La Fin Du Monde (1931, Abel Gance) and the behind the scenes documentary that chronicles the making of the film. The film’s plot involves a comet hurling towards earth, resulting in mass panic, orgies and natural catastrophes.

Biewald will create a 10-foot motorized mirror ball for the exhibition, the shape is the combined form of the comet with the earth, light and video will project onto the surface of the rotating form. The resulting reflections will dart across wallpapered walls, patterned with a series of women’s faces - all real life Victorian performers and artists. The wallpapered wall will also be festooned with mirrors and phallic melting candelabras. This multi-layered mirrored space will place the viewer within the context of Biewald’s dreamscape, transforming their experience into both the viewer and subject. Her constructed world reflects outward, questioning representations of female actors and artists of the past as commentary to how the female form is still frequently utilized as object.

Le Petit Mort further dissects representation of the female form, accentuating the more punishing aspects of Victorian society. The piece is a heaving pile of tattered ruffles with a pair of Victorian boots peaking out from underneath the layers. The piles of ruffles rise and fall struggling under the suffocating weight of excess. Both of these elements come together in Autour de La Fin Du Monde to create an immersive frenetic experience.

Amelia Biewald received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s College, University of London and her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Biewald is represented by Magnan Metz Gallery in New York and is a member of Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis.

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