Kaitlyn Tucek: Over Look 

Leon Gallery

August 31 – October 12, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, August 31st from 7 - 11pm
Kaitlyn Tucek - Cleopatra - 24 x 44” - Acrylic, pastel on satin and chiffon

Leon is proud to announce a pertinent and timely exhibition of new work by local artist, Kaitlyn Tucek, which explores the overwhelming lack of advocacy for female artists throughout art history. Over Look will featuring paintings that employ a variety of opaque and translucent fabrics, stitched together to form canvases on which the female figure and magpies are present, which allude to the mysterious and often incomplete histories of renowned female artists.

Kaitlyn Tucek Artist Statement:

On page 531 of the 2001 edition of Janson’s Western Art History textbook you can find the following quote: “So far, we have not discussed a named woman artist, although this does not mean that there were none.”

While doing research for an altarpiece I completed last summer, I rekindled my love and interest in Late Renaissance and Baroque art. This meant opening up my old college textbooks and personal library of art historical content. With over fifteen art history courses between my undergrad at Pratt Institute and graduate program at CUNY Queens College, I can’t recall a single professor mentioning Artemisia Gentileschi. Why? My senior thesis was a series of large illustrative portraits of heroic women in my community. Why did no one think to recommend a female perspective to compliment my own obviously female perspective?

In addition to the visual art, Tucek has collaborated with local composer, Nathan Hall, to present a new composition as a live performance at the opening reception, as well as a video installation accompanying the exhibition, which Hall describes as, Self Portrait with Theorbo, a video performance of a new music composition for large Renaissance-era lute. Infused into the piece are quotations from Barbara Strozzi, one of Artemesia Gentileschi's composer friends. Strozzi, like Artemesia and so many women, queer composers, and composers of color, has been largely left out of classical music history.

Kaitlyn Tucek lives and works in Denver, CO. From Long Island, NY, Tucek graduated from Pratt Institute in 2006 and was awarded her Master’s from CUNY Queens College in 2013. Mother to two under 5, Tucek is a multi-disciplinary artist who is often labeled a feminist. Tucek has been featured in Hyperallergic, Westword, Modern in Denver, and was recently named one of Denver’s top 5 artists to watch and collect by 5280 Magazine. In addition to her formal art practice, Tucek works in art and museum education, illustration and curatorial work, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Denver Art Museum.

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