Artist Statement -

When I paint I am standing in the desert alone, facing the vast horizon, the pale gradations of sand, sand-colored rock, sand-colored plants, sand-colored sky. There is nowhere to look for relief.

I work on a canvas in layers over days or weeks. The painting's past affects its present, leaving traces and influences that subtly or dramatically guide what happens next. Acrylic is the perfect medium for me because it dries fast. I work quickly while the paint is wet, covering the whole canvas. The next day I rework it.

When I go to the blank canvas it is upright on an easel. Loud music plays in the background. I dig deep for the anger, the melancholy, the inexplicable energy and exhaustion of daily life, to express it in a large gesture. Audacious color. Reckless line.

I struggle with the canvas, building it up and breaking it down. Very often a hideous accident occurs: the paint does not flow evenly from the tube; colors clash in careless abandon; irregular drips and splotches dot the surface. My eye is offended by what it sees.

My passion is to tease this ugliness, this unlikely blend of colors and shapes, this painting's lurid history, into a visual coherence. I foreground the ghosts of a painting's past, highlight the error of its ways, coax its indeterminism into strength of purpose. Look closely and you will see a mess. Stand back and the painting's organic life plays out in front of you.

Space is there to be enclosed and disclosed; defined and defiled by line; shaped and misshaped by form; made subtle, empty or blatant through color. Form. Line. Color. Some days we dance together, some days we engage in a bloody fistfight.

The painting session is over. The paint dries. The next day I start again.

Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

2007 Abstract Refractions, Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2006 Black & White & Color, Tompkins County Airport, Ithaca, NY
2004 Featured Artist, Arts Crawl, The Gallery at Hawthorne Plaza, Overland Park, KS
2004 Fundamental Energy, Shangri-La Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2002 Color on Color, Borders Books Cafe Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2001 New Work by Lynne Taetzsch, Clinton House ArtSpace, Ithaca, NY
2000 Improvisation in Color, Community School for Music & Art, Ithaca, NY
2000 Recent Paintings, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY
1998 New Acrylic Paintings, Gallery for the Arts, Mt. Sterling, KY
1991 Recent Works, Astrea Gallery, Washington, DC
1990 Acrylic Paintings, Division of Cultural Affairs Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
1990 Selected Paintings, President's Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
1990 Recent Acrylic Paintings, Hartley Gallery, Winter Park, FL
1988 Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Friends of Jung Gallery, San Diego, CA
1971 Oil Paintings, The Revelation, New York, NY
1964 Recent Oil Paintings, Paula Insel Gallery, New York, NY
1963 Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Irvington Public Library, Irvington, NJ

Group Exhibitions:

2007 Group Exhibition, Syracuse Technology Garden, Syracuse, NY
2007 Global Tribe, 6-person show, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, NY 2007 The New Abstractions, 3-person show, Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY
2006 Maj'Beldd, 8-person show, Monkdogz Urban Art, New York, NY
2005 ALTERnatives, four-person show, Wired Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2005 Group Show, Bellaza Dentro, Nevis, West Indies
2005 Alchemy of Color, eight-person show, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2002 Redefining Art, Avenue Art Gallery, Endicott, NY
2002 Summer Invitational, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
2002 Invitational, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2001 Greater Ithaca Art Trail at Red Newt Cellars, Hector, NY
2001 A Woman's Work is Never Finished, International Museum Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2000 Greater Ithaca Art Trail at Red Newt Cellars, Hector, NY
1999 Recent Works by Lynne Taetzsch and Wyman Rice, The Kentucky Gallery, Lexington, KY
1999 Six-person show, Soho South, West Palm Beach, FL
1998 Juried Show, Masterpieces of Maturity, Loudon House, Lexington, KY
1998 Juried Show, 33rd Annual Central South Art Exhibition, Nashville, TN
1992 Juried Show, Art on the Lake, Reston, VA
1992 2nd Annual Cultural Resources Juried Exhibition, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, FL
1991 Three-person show, Artforms Gallery, Sarasota, FL
1991 Tenth Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
1991 Juried Show, Hoyt National Art Show, New Castle, PA
1991 Juried Show, Aesthetics 91 Exhibition, McPherson, KS
1990 Juried Show, Westmoreland Arts Nationals, Greensburg, PA
1990 Juried Show, Thirteenth National Art Exhibtion, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA
1989 First Place Prize, Juried Show, Foothills Festival of the Arts, La Mesa, CA
1989 Exhibition of Korean and American Women Artists, Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Group Show, Cosmopolitan Art Association, Seoul, So. Korea
1988 34th National Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
1988 Group Show, Rogue Graphics, San Diego, CA
1985 National Juried Color Show, Castle Gallery, Billings, MT
1985 Group Show, Goff Galleries, Winter Park, FL
1972 Group Show, Ithaca House Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1964 Juried Show, Donnell Library, New York, NY
1964 Juried Show, Dollar Savings Bank, New York, NY
1964 Group Show, Design Center-Mason Art, New York, NY
1964 Emily Lowe Competition, New York, NY

Artist Publications

Excerpts from COLOR CONTRAST by Stan Bowman, Professor Emeritus of Cornell University Art Department

Review reprinted from The Ithaca Times, 12/12/01, p. 14

Red is the color of fire, hot, moving, sometimes dangerous. It is also the color of blood, that vital substance necessary for all human life. Red is demanding, attracting, arresting. Red is also associated with many different objects in our culture from fire hydrants to stop signs, all meant to get and hold our attention.

What I find intriguing in the acrylic paintings of Lynne Taetzsch, currently at the Artspace at the Clinton House Gallery, is that every work on display has some red in it. Some paintings are even dominated by this color, calling us to stop and look at them. It is as if energy is emanating from the works, bouncing off the walls in this room of modest size that can accomodate perhaps only 10 to 20 works. Standing in the middle I could feel an energy to this space created by the art, and myself attracted to examine each work carefully to find the sources of this power.

But the color red is only one part of the story. Taetzsch is a painter very much in the tradition of the best of 20th century abstraction. She understands how to organize a canvas, how to arrange elements with extraordinary control over their placement. One of the most interesting aspects of this show is that I found both works that have a clear visible sense of structure around some particular object while others have a looser balance of shapes and brush strokes. Both approaches work equally well.

Taetzsch has spoken about her work almost like a piece of music, as if she were constructing an orchestral movement. She says, "I struggle with the canvas, building it up and breaking it down. Space is there to be enclosed and disclosed; defined and defiled by line; shaped and misshaped by form; made subtle, empty or blatant through color. Form. Line. Color. Some days we dance together, some days we engage in a bloody fistfight."

What is of great interest to me is that, as a viewer, I do not really see this struggle she speaks of so eloquently. I see an artist who has a very masterful control over her works, creating a coherent and foreceful expression on canvas. But then perhaps this is the role of the artist, to create order and expression out of a chaotic mixture of color and shape. This is surely the role of the abstract painter, and a role that Taetzsch takes on and handles superbly.


Artist Collections

Let's Gel, Inc., Austin, TX

Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Real Capital Analytics, New York, NY

Stratum Developments, Inc., Alberta, Canada

Advanced Liquid Logic, Cary, NC

Matrix Public Health Cons., Inc., New Haven, CT

DG Groep, The Netherlands

T-System, Inc., Dallas, TX

Kaiser Permanente, CA

Cubist Media Group, LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Parkside Partners, Atlanta, GA

Sheridan In Home Care, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Clear Perspective Group, Medina, OH

Spark LP, New York, NY

Star Promotions, LLC, Indianapolis, IN

Samwoo Chemicals Ltd., North Point, Hong Kong

Midway Industries, Reisterstown, MD

Logansport State Hospital, Logansport, IN

Scholar Corporation, Lafayette, IN

Pine Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

Full Sail, Winter Park, FL

Georgia State University, Alpharetta, GA...

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