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Magnan Metz Gallery is pleased to present Amelia Biewald’s fourth solo e xhibition with the gallery. Werther Effects will be on display from December 6th through January 12th with an artist reception on Thursday\, Dece mber 13th from 6-8pm.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Amelia Biewald’s most recent works investig ate the brilliant visual possibilities of Elizabethan England\; an era that produced incredibly intricate and sophisticated clothing but lacked comfor t and convenience. Biewald pays great attention to the neck ruff\, an iconi c embellishment often seen in Elizabethan fashion. Despite being entirely u ncomfortable and cumbersome\, almost impossible to construct (this was left to specialists who only made and starched ruffs)\, and boasting extremes o f width which made even the most simple tasks quite daunting\, the ruff mai ntained its popularity for over a century. Biewald considers the ruff’s lac ey details both beautiful and compelling. She has incorporated its form int o various works in Werther Effects including two exhibited at the front of the gallery space: The Sorrows of Young Werther\,  a small mixed media inst allation\, and Pretty Girls Make Graves\, a large panel of plastic\, acryli c and resin.

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Biewald’s primary source of inspiration was born fro m The Sorrows of Young Werther\, a semi-autobiographical novel by Joann Wol fgang Von Goethe\, first published in 1774. It became one of the most widel y distributed publications of its time\, gaining popularity amongst young m en who began to dress similarly to the book’s main character. Along with di splaying copycat fashion\, young readers also started to exhibit the typica l melancholy behavior of the novel’s subject.

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In Werther Effects\ , the artist manipulates both traditional and invented artist materials and techniques\, creating luxurious surfaces that generate a voyeristic costum e drama. Biewald’s mixed media panels and sculptures shine a new light on t he imaginative history of the Elizabethan age and its peculiar trends in fa shion.

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Biewald’s work has been exhibited both nationally and inte rnationally. She has been a recipient of various artist grants and fellowsh ips\, including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant (2006)\, the Bus h Artist Fellowship (2004)\, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Award (200 1)\, and a Jerome Artist Fellowship (2000).

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