the Whey (way) n. to center
Solo Exhibition by Amie Rangel
October 3rd – October 27th, 2012
Reception: Friday, October 5th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Friday, October 12th, 7:00 pm
In October of 2012, Arts Visalia will present The Whey (way) n. to Center, a major solo exhibition by artist Amie Rangel. This exhibition will unveil a major new group of works developed over the past year in which Rangel has explored the interior space and atmosphere of a Central California dairy facility. Rooted in the traditional practice of observational drawing, Rangel’s lastest works transend representation, extending into the realm of meditative, spiritual contemplation.
About her work, Rangel states, “My experience in each facility presents a delicate balance of the sacred and the secular, restriction and protection, confinement and efficiency, authority and submission. The organization of research and agricultural facilities and that of urban institutional spaces found in hospitals, factories, prisons, and schools not only serve their function, but speak of deeper social constructs. The purpose of my work is not to find a definitive meaning, singular answer, or solution to the complex structure of institutional frameworks, but to raise awareness of spatial constructs within modern human society. ”
The exhibition will be on display from October 3rd through October 27th with an opening reception on Friday, October 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Attendance is free and open to the public. An Artist Talk will be held in partnership with the Visalia Art League on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation at the door with free admission for students. A catalog accompanying the exhibtion is being produced and will be available for purchase at Arts Visalia and will be available for sale during the evening of the Artist Talk.
Amie Rangel attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she studied drawing, painting, design, and printmaking, and obtained an AA degree in 2002. In 2005 she graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a BFA in Drawing/Painting and Printmaking (magna cum laude). She studied lithography at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, then entered the Drawing and Intermedia program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 2008 she won an international award from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, as well as scholarships from the Alberta Foundation. In 2009, she received the Graduate Student Teaching Award and completed her MFA degree.
Rangel has exhibited at the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Alberta; Art Gallery of Alberta; in galleries in Kansas City, Missouri and Nashville, Tennessee; and locations throughout California. She is currently an adjunct professor of Fine Arts at College of the Sequoias and director of the COS Art Gallery. Along with teaching she contributes to the greater Visalia and Tulare County, California community through her contributions to exhibitions at the Tulare County Museum as well as a pair of art events held on the property of the former Synanon property, The Hatchery: Free Range (2010) and The Hatchery: East of Fresno (2011). Rangel is a member of the ShadequARTer artists group. Visit rangelstudio.com to learn more about Amie Rangel and her work.
This exhibition was made possible through a grant from the City of Visalia Community Arts Grant Program as well as support of the following business partners: