In her first one-person show in Dallas, “Chapel
Chromatica,” Highland Park artist Ellen Frances Tuchman has created
an oasis of soothing colors and seductive sparkle at the McKinney Avenue
Six acrylic benches, designed by the artist and arranged in the center
of the gallery, encourage visitors to sit and stay awhile. The twelve
months of the year surround the viewer in an orderly installation of 16
60x40-inch floating painted and beaded panels. A bright, enveloping light
emanates from hundreds of jewel-like plastic elements and glass beads
painstakingly sewn onto mylar panels of mint green, blushing blue, pink,
orange, and ruby.
“I want the viewers to enter the space and feel a hush, a wonderment,”
Tuchman says. “It’s all about color. That’s why it’s
called ‘Chapel Chromatica.”
Ms. Tuchman was inspired by the Rothko Chapel in Houston and Gustav Klimt’s
Beethoven Frieze in Vienna.
“The poetic nature of different colors can be soothing, comforting,
stimulating. The feeling of walking into a very light space with colors
is very much to me like the sugar crystalline Easter eggs, where you’re
peeking in, seeing a magical world that’s very safe and beautiful
and somehow related to fairy tales and childhood, and you want to stay.”
“Chapel Chromatica,” The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
(The MAC), 3120 McKinney. 214-953-1212. Jan. 3-Feb.1. Wed.-Sat. 11-10,
Art Talk with Ellen Tuchman, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Panel discussion, Jan. 28,
7: 00 p.m.