Kaitlyn Tucek: An American Landscape
10/12/2017 - 10/14/2017
Opening reception: Friday, October 13 (6-11 PM)
A subtle alternative universe is created, where you are invited to view the most recent landscapes by the female artist Kaitlyn Tucek. Welcome to the late 19th century where the landscape genre is all the rage. A mirror image of a patriarchal world, women dominate this landscape, providing an existing female aesthetic. That aesthetic raises the brow on certain media, including the sewn line or mark. Mountains summited by the famous female explorers and named for their conquerors are captured. The soft nature of the organic forms are highlighted and the textures explored. The name of the show is simply "An American Landscape." It’s a subtle satire of the patriarchal dominance the art world has had for centuries.
The 13 landscapes are all on 22” x 30” paper, mixed medium (crayon, pencil, colored pencil, embroidery
thread, sharpie, crayon, pen).
After years of figurative and representational work, based in observational drawing, I now concentrate on abstracting forms and the universality of line.
While faces, trees, and mountains once served as the figurative source from which my line grew, over time I realized my mastery of line no longer demanded direct and literal representation. Instead, my line evolved to its present state, where it subtly references recognizable organic forms. I obsess over line and edge, and their respective relationship on the canvas. My forms emerge from the layers of line and color, as a sculptor would let his figures emerge from the marble. I play with depth and perspective and sometimes the layering of forms. My goal is to find a simple vignette that manages to represent the endlessness of organic form. Most of all, I am in constant search of a pleasurable tension between flat fields of color and loose, organic marks and forms.
The line represents everything I have ever drawn. I consider each mark a part of a greater
whole. The line that I draw now cannot be separated from the line I drew a year ago, or ten
years ago. It is continuous and evolving.