Pete Rangel was born in Los Angeles, California in 1973 and currently lives and works in Berwyn, IL with his wife, daughter and three 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.
“Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival… a survival of a hugely remote period when… consciousness was manifested, perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide of advancing humanity…”