By James Michael Starr

Like the anatomically-correct Visible Man I glued together as a kid, my art displays what I wouldn't choose to show in public. And I've come to believe most artists, if they work with a measure of honesty and intentionality, will reveal something of their own innards.

I see such transparency at play in Ellen Frances Tuchman's show of mixed media on mylar at Pan American Art Projects in Dallas.

"Kilowatt" (2006), mixed media on mylar, 15.5" x 20.0"
A few examples from Ellen's earlier body of work are on exhibit: those somewhat whimsical homages to our American experience in which beads and stitching surround and elevate printed ephemera. But the transition represented in these current, minimalist pieces, with their topographic aerial views, suggests to me a Gail Sheehy-esque passage. Perhaps it's a shift from an everyman identification with pop culture to a more personal narrative; or from youthful obsession with objects and media to something like the 30,000-foot perspective we get on our longer journeys.
"Spicules" (2006), detail.
Eye shadow, colored pencil, nail polish and paper quills on mylar,
24 x 30 inches.

Ellen Frances Tuchman
at Pan American Art Projects
(along with Joe Ramiro Garcia)
Through July 7th
3303 Lee Parkway
Dallas, TX 75219

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