Lines and Shadows

WPA presented Dan Tulk: Lines and Shadows as a memorial exhibition and Coup d'Espace project honoring local artist Dan Tulk. A talented emerging artist and WPA member, Tulk was tragically killed in a traffic accident near his Virginia home in November of 2011. At the time of his death, he was preparing to present a January Coup d'Espace exhibition of new work created specifically for WPA's project space. In lieu of that unfinished project and in honor of his life and artistic practice, WPA presented a select overview of his work, including documentation of large-scale installations and several smaller sculptural pieces. 

Working with everyday objects and inexpensive materials, Tulk created sculptural installations and small sculptures that project a visual simplicity and ephemeral nature that belies their exacting and often elaborate construction. Engaged in constant experimentation, the artist created works that were often temporary, constructed from delicate materials, everyday objects, or the play of light at a particular moment in time. This physical transformation, of familiar materials into something fantastical or even sublime, is a hallmark of the artist's practice. Lines and Shadows celebrates an artist of prodigious energy, whose commitment to experimentation and exploration can be viewed throughout his work, from the largest installation to the simplest sculpture. The loss of such an enthusiastic and talented emerging artist was a blow to DC's art community and a tragedy for Dan's family and friends. Donations were accepted at the opening reception for the Tulk Family Education and Assistance Fund, a fund set up for the benefit of Dan's three children.

Special thanks to the George Mason University School of Art and School of Art Print Studio


Coup d’Espace is WPA’s member-generated programming series. By inviting member artists and curators to plan installations, exhibitions, and events in its office project space, WPA provides a venue for unusual collaborations, exploration of new concepts, and the production of new and experimental work. Coup d’Espace allows artists and curators to utilize the WPA office as a laboratory or workshop space, to introduce new and in-process projects and present challenging ideas.  

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January 13 – February 3, 2012


2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Opening reception

January 13, 2012, 6 - 8pm

About the artist

Dan Tulk was an up-and-coming artist whose presence was just beginning to be felt throughout the DC area's art scene. After studying art at George Mason University, he spent several years starting a family and beginning a career before returning to his artistic practice in 2009. Since that time, his work has been exhibited at Arlington Arts Center, DC Arts Center, Artomatic@FrederickBut Is It Art Fair, George Mason University, and the Cade Fine Arts Center Gallery. Lines and Shadows is his first solo exhibition. He is survived by his wife and their three children.