Amie Rangel: Observations on Location

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I am an artist rooted in traditional methodologies, with an observation-based practice that is expressed through drawing, printmaking, and installation. My work often investigates repetitive structures, both interior and exterior, through extensive research conducted on location over the course of several months or years.  Structures I am often compelled to explore are apartment complexes, research institutions, commercial agricultural facilities, and unconventional spaces such as an abandoned charter school in a retrofitted airplane hanger. Many of these spaces often require permission from property owners or institution directors to gain access during the course of a given project.

Revisiting a specific site over long periods of time builds a personal relationship and emotional connection that allows my observations to redefine the function or purpose of a building or facility.   Investigating timelessness and ambiguity of space often results in drastically editing or distorting structural details and perspective. The intentional lack of contrast and color leaves little reference as to when or where these spaces exist.  Additionally, as means to validate or solidify a space I depict and emphasize objects and forms that serve as artifacts or attributes of a specific space, such as mechanical, electrical, or operational components and discarded remnants of furniture or trash. 

My experience in each 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 types of structures such as research institutions, agricultural facilities and that of urban spaces found in hospitals, factories, prisons, and schools not only serve their function, but also speak of deeper social constructs.  The purpose of my work is to raise awareness of spatial 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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