PAINTING BY CHRISTOPHER S. TIETJEN, ACADIA ROCK BEACH, 2014-17, OIL ON LINEN, 3 X 4 FT

 
 

THE ACADIA SERIES: 2014-2017


AT SCHOODIC INSTITUTE UNTIL AUGUST 14, 2017
AT ARTEMIS GALLERY UNTIL OCTOBER 23RD, 2017

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, THIS SERIES OF LARGE OIL ON LINEN PAINTINGS EXPLORES MY OBSESSIVELY OBSERVED KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAINE COASTAL LANDSCAPE FROM WINTER HARBOR TO BAR HARBOR, EARNED OVER THOUSANDS OF HOURS AND NEARLY A DECADE OF DEDICATION TO ITS INTANGIBLE BEAUTY. 

MY PRIMARY FOCUS REMAINS THE CONTRAST AND COHESION OF THE ELEMENTS THAT COMPRISE THIS UNIQUE LANDSCAPE: THE SEAS OF GRANITE ETCHED WITH FERROUS STREAKS AND BUBBLED BASALTS; THE THICK WALLS OF MONARCHICAL PINES AND LOOMING SHADE OF SPRUCE ALONG THE SHORELINE; THE RESTLESS WATER EBBING TO REVEAL PEBBLED SWATHS OF BEACHES CLOAKED IN KELP, THEN RETURNING TO OBSCURE THEM IN MERCURIAL DARKNESS; THE VAST SKIES WHOSE FICKLE FORMS MORPH CONSTANTLY WITH THE VOLATILE MAINE WEATHER. INVESTIGATING AND TRANSLATING THESE NUANCES AS BOTH INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS AS WELL AS SEGMENTS OF AN ELABORATE ECOSYSTEM PORTRAYS A MORE PALPABLE CROSS-SECTION OF THE MAINE COAST. IN THIS MANNER, I ATTEMPT TO DISCOVER THE HEART OF THE LANDSCAPE WITHIN THE SEA OF INCESSANTLY CHANGING VARIABLES. 

BETWEEN THE EYES AND THE FINGERTIPS LIES THE AESTHETIC DECISION. IT IS THE CHOICE OF WHICH MOVEMENTS AND TRANSFORMATIONS BEST EMBODY THE SUBJECT AS I SEE IT. FEET ROOTED IN DIRT AND ROCK FOR LONG HOURS, I STUDY AND EXPERIMENT, PULLING MOMENTS OUT OF MANY DAYS. THE PAINTING FORCES AN END, BUT THIS LANDSCAPE NEVER STOPS. SO, I ABANDONED THE IDEA OF A STATIC, POLISHED PRODUCT TO PURSUE A GENUINE INTERPRETATION OF ACADIA. TRICKERY AND ILLUSION TO HINT AT A GENERALIZED REPRESENTATION COULD NOT SUFFICE. THERE ARE NO QUICK CONCLUSIONS, JUST LAYERS OF PAINT AND THE QUESTIONS THEY PORTRAY, UNTIL THE SURFACE OF THE PAINTINGS BECOME AS WORN AS THE LAND ITSELF. THE ART DEMANDS TO BE BUILT AND DESTROYED, THEN REBUILT WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT PRECEDED IT. I WANT THE REMNANTS, THE GHOST IMAGES, TO INFLUENCE THE PRESENT IMAGE. I AM INTERESTED IN FINDING AND DOCUMENTING THE INTERVALS, THE THINGS THAT STAY THE SAME, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FLUCTUATING AND INCONSTANT VARIABLES. THE PAINTINGS DEPICT AN INTERACTION BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT IN PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE, IN ANTICIPATION OF CHANGE.


THE 2016 SUMMER WINTER HARBOR COLLECTION

THE 2016 SUMMER WINTER HARBOR COLLECTION IS THE 4TH COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS CREATED BY CHRISTOPHER S. TIETJEN IN WINTER HARBOR OVER THE PAST DECADE. THESE STUDIES WILL BE SHOWN ALONG SIDE THE ACADIA SERIES: 2014-2017 DURING THE SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT THE SCHOODIC INSTITUTE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK THIS AUGUST.