Thursday, September 13, 2012

Opening for "In Tandem"

Opening for "In Tandem"

"In Tandem" in the Bakersfield Californian

In Tandem opens September 13, 2012

The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery presents:

In Tandem: Matthew Rangel and Amie Rangel

Opening reception: September 13, 2012, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

The exhibit opens September 13 and runs through October 4, 2012.

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The first exhibit of the Fall 2012 semester features the work of artists Amie and Matthew Rangel.

The Rangels are a married couple who live, work, and make art in Visalia, California.

Living and working together one would expect to see similarities in their work. And one does in the subtle use of color, the precise, elegant drawing, and attention to craft.  The work in this exhibit shows both their interest in ‘place’.

Amie’s large scale drawings on linen are elegant visual interpretations of impersonal seeming interiors. The drawings in this body of work were done on site in ‘agricultural facilities’ near where she was living at the time. According to Amie, ” 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.”

Matthew’s work is about a connection with the landscape, were he is not just an observer but also a participant.  In 2008 Matthew made a pilgrimage from his parents’ street to the summit of the Black Kaweah in the Sierra Nevada range. Lithographs, large scale drawings, topographic.maps, notes record the journey documenting encounters with the place with people who inhabit the place.

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