September 13th - October 20th | "Watercolor in Print" Art Exhibit
Featuring Pete Rangel, Kerry Lange & Naomi Unverzagt
Opening Reception September 14th
Pete Rangel was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973 and currently lives and works in Brookfield, IL with his wife, children and two cats. First developing in his teens, his artistic abilities started on the streets of LA as a graffiti artist. After receiving a BFA in printmaking from CSULB, Pete received his MFA at Cornell University in 2003. Rangel is drawn to printmaking for the physical and ritual aspects of the process and for the rich visual qualities produced. In addition to his studio practice, Pete is a teaching artist in the Chicago area.
In his short story “Call of Chathulu,” H.P. Lovecraft creates a narrative about a beast that lays dormant, but remains on the edge of people’s consciousness, causing both dread and worship. Inspired by this story, my work seeks to investigate the cognitive dissonance that occurs in abstraction. Using organic shapes both found and imagined, my work attempts to evoke the uncanny feeling of something both familiar and foreign at the same time. What I hope manifests from this body of work is duality in which the image borders the beautiful and the profane.
I am a self-taught artist living in Chicago, IL. My most common mediums that I create with are, but not limited to include watercolor, pen/ ink and pencil. My themes can range from abstract wonders to fanciful illustrations that both have texture and a multi-layered process. I have been actively showing through my artistic transitions and developments over 10 years in a variety of showings. My work has been featured in galleries, special events, and cafes in New York City, Chicago, Florida, Baltimore, and Cleveland. My inspirations come from organic patterns, obscure living organisms, and my art utensil is often guided by the music I listen to.
“These vibrant paintings were born from print work I started while I was training at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to be an artist, fifteen years ago. I was reminded of the prints and decided to reinvent them as a backdrop for inspiring nature themes. My philosophy is creativity never dies; it stays inside you and can be awakened by being aware of the beauty around you. The meditative feeling of nature infuses the color and design elements throughout the work. All of the paintings use a multistep process starting with the monotype print. Monotype technique is drawing with ink on plexiglass, running it through a press and the print is embedded in paper. The repeated images of unusual flowers, twisting stems and luscious fruit literally breathe new life into the work. I paint the images from nature using many layers of acrylic paint to bring out subtle color and brilliant contrasts. My process takes time but I love the journey and beautiful juxtaposition of monotype printing and painting.”