The exhibit I focused on this week was called Rebuilding by Patricia E. Rangel. She is majoring in the Fine Arts in the metals department which explained her showcase. Upon stepping into the room, it caught my attention even from outside. At first to me, it all seemed like different varieties of blocks of wood. However looking more closely at the artwork along with Rangel’s artist statement, it was clear to me the purpose she seemed to be conveying. She was displaying different types of agricultural practices. It showed different tools and ways in how crops were planted, watered, replanted, picked, and burned. I found this rather interesting because her exhibit to me, felt as if it was structured art. It was art in the most different way I have ever imagined. It was amazing how Rangel portrayed art through the structure and practice of the cycle of planting. Rangel always loved the outdoors as a child therefore sparking her interest as she worked with the materials of metal, wood, dirt, and water in this exhibit.
Rangel goes on to share different examples of processes such like “trellises are used for grape vines” to help support them for growth. “Insulated fabric covers orange trees int he winter to prevent freezing. Mesh is draped over crops to impede cross-pollination.” All these processes and tips for planting I never knew existed. It really opened up my eyes to learn more. All these processes somehow end up to relating to growth through the use of labor, loss, and land use which is rather fascinating and curious to me.
Rangel uses metal and dirt which she shares “are resistant materials, both are forgiving to work with”. She extracts, fabricates, builds, compacts, and repeats it all again. She describes how dirt has the ability “to present vulnerability, failure, strength, potential- promote growth and change”. It’s so awesome to see how inspired Rangel is by the materials she uses and nonetheless that this material is straight from Earth and mother nature. She also shares and explains how she gathers the rest of her materials for artwork from places that have personal meaning such as orchards, roadsides, her grandfather’s ranch, her parents’ backyard, and Smith Mountain Cemetery int he San Joaquin Valley. The aesthetics of the materials and the creation mixed with the purpose that it creates astounds me. This exhibit opened my eyes to the meaning of art in that there’s other types of artwork out there besides the usual of painting and pencil. The simplicity with the creations Rangel created were very creative and interesting to look at it. I had a great time looking through her exhibit admiring her hard work and inspiration. #dutzi-gallery