Monday, July 25, 2016

Amie Rangel: Observations on Location

2905 Apt. A and B

Windows 2905 Apt. A and B

Windows 2905 Apt. A and B

Nothing in Life is Free


2905 Apt C Side

Vacancy Windows II

Vacancy Windows III, IV, and V


What Remains


I am an observation-based artist rooted in traditional methodologies that is informed by the location where I reside.  I explore inhabited or functioning interior and exterior spaces of our modern society, often requiring permission and cooperation with property owners and abiding by facility regulations as a means to gain access.  My work is expressed through large-scale charcoal drawings on linen, mixed media drawings on paper, and traditional stone lithography.  
My new body of work, “Dwelling”, is in response to relocating to Albuquerque New Mexico in 2013.  All of the drawings and prints in this series depict select moments in time at an apartment complex located near my home.  This work builds on previous bodies of work, “The Whey (way) n: to Center” and “From the Observation Room”.  However, both of these series are that of interior research institutions or commercial agricultural facilities where I obtained access.  “Dwelling” is a slightly different approach in that I am not entering the spaces of the apartment units I am depicting.  I have become the voyeur or spectator witnessing the subtle changes of the various occupants arriving and departing, the changing of window coverings, graffiti painted-removed-painted again.  I am captivated by these moments, with an anthropological approach, silently watching its subject from a distance. I am compelled to passively observe, translating moments and nuances through perceptive and expressive drawings.
The drawings hold great attention to structural details like that of historical architectural renderings often juxtaposed with the surrounding environment translated through expressive mark making or completely stripping it away, leaving little trace. Revisiting a specific site over long periods of time builds a relationship and a perceptual connection, which often results in drastically editing structural details and shifting perspective.  Additionally, to validate or solidify a place I emphasize objects and forms that serve as artifacts or attributes of a specific space like that in religious iconography found in 13th and 14th century altarpieces.  However, in all of my work the attributes are that of mechanical, electrical, or operational components. 
My experience in each type of location presents a delicate balance of the sacred and the secular, restriction and protection, confinement and efficiency, authority and submission.  The organization of the different structures and how they are presented in my work is to raise awareness of spatial and social constructs within modern human society.  

Amie Rangel has a BFA in Drawing/Painting and Printmaking (Magna Cum Laude) from
California State University in 2005. She then received and MFA (Magna Cum Laude) in
Drawing and Intermedia program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta
Canada. During her thesis research she was awarded an international award from the
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in 2008, as well as, scholarships from the Alberta
Foundation for the Arts and Florence Anderson Friedman Foundation in 2007 and 2008.
She has taught at the University of Alberta, College of the Sequoias in Visalia CA,
University of New Mexico and currently teaches at Central New Mexico Community
College in Albuquerque. She has been honored to receive the Graduate Student
Teaching Award for the University of Alberta as well as a nomination for the Hayward
Award, California State Community College Educator of Excellence on behalf of College
of the Sequoias. Rangel has exhibited at Vane Gallery in Newcastle, England; Banff
Center for the Arts in Banff Alberta; Art Gallery of Alberta; Bakersfield Museum of Art,
California; Appleton Museum of Art, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City, Missouri;
Nashville, Tennessee; and Oakland, California.
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