Lynne Taetzsch's abstract acrylic paintings have been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions. Collectors throughout the world describe her work as vibrant, exciting, and brilliant. Taetzsch studied fine art at Cooper Union in New York City, the University of Southern California, and the University of California in Los Angeles. She currently works out of her studio in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
I work on a canvas in layers over days or weeks. 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. The painting's past affects its present, leaving traces and influences that subtly or dramatically guide what happens next.
When I go to the blank canvas it is upright on an easel. I paint standing up, with my stereo blasting anything from Dave Brubeck's "Take Five," Laurie Anderson's "Strange Angels," Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man," to "El Condor Pasa," flute music from the Andes. The rhythms, beats and patterns I hear create a mood that is reflected in the lines, shapes and colors on my canvas. It is an active process that demands a looseness and openness to whatever might happen.
I dig deep for the pains and passions--the inexplicable energy and exhaustion of daily life--to express them in a large gesture. 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 vibrant abandon; irregular drips and splotches dot the surface. My eye is offended by what it sees.
My desire is to tease this ugliness, this unlikely blend of colors and shapes, this painting's lurid history, into a visual symphony. 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.
There is always a tension between abandon and control. It is a risk to let the brush or palette knife sweep across the canvas without knowing what will happen. Sometimes the result is an amazing gift, but more often it is a challenge that requires much patient looking to see what the painting requires in order to complete itself.
Space is there to be enclosed and disclosed-defined or defiled by line, shaped and misshaped by form, and teased into revelation 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.
Women's Issues-A Commentary, Avenue Art Gallery, Endicott, NY 2003
Past Tense-Present Perfect, Autumn Leaves, Ithaca, NY 2003
Redefining Art, Avenue Art Gallery, Endicott, NY, 2002
Summer Invitational, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE, 2002
2002 Invitational, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY, 2002
New Work by Lynne Taetzsch, Clinton House ArtSpace, 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, 2001
Improvisation in Color by Lynne Taetzsch, Community School of Music & Art, Ithaca, NY, 2000
Recent Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY, 2000
Greater Ithaca Art Trail at Red Newt Cellars, Hector, NY, 2000
Recent Works by Lynne Taetzsch & Wyman Rice, The Kentucky Gallery, Lexington, KY, 1999
Six-person Show, Soho South, West Palm Beach, FL, 1999
New Acrylic Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Gallery for the Arts, Mt. Sterling, KY, 1998
Juried Show, 33rd Annual Central South Art Exhibition, Nashville, TN, 1998
Juried Show, Masterpieces of Maturity, Loudon House, Lexington, KY, 1998
Juried Show, Art on the Lake, Reston Art Gallery, Reston, VA, 1992
2nd Annual Cultural Resources Juried Exhibition, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, FL, 1992
Recent Works by Lynne Taetzsch, Astrea Gallery, Washington, DC, 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, 1991
Acrylic Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Division of Cultural Affairs Gallery, Tallahassee, FL, 1990
Selected Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, President's Gallery, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1990
Recent Acrylic Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Hartley Gallery, Winter Park, FL, 1990
Juried Show, Westmoreland Arts National, Greensburg, PA, 1990
Juried Show, Thirteenth National Art Exhibition, World Trade Center, New Orleans, LA, 1990
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, 1989
Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Friends of Jung, San Diego, CA, 1988
Group Show, Cosmopolitan Art Association, Seoul, So. Korea, 1988
Three-person Show, Robin Hutchinson Gallery, Maplewood, NJ, 1987
National Juried Color Show, Castle Gallery, Billings, MT, 1985
Group Show, Art in Architecture, Windermere, FL, 1985
Group Show, Goff Galleries, Winter Park, FL, 1985
Group Show, Ithaca House Gallery, Ithaca, NY, 1972
Oil Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, The Revelation, New York, NY, 1971
Recent Oil Paintings by Lynne Taetzsch, Paula Insel Gallery, New York, 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, 1964