In November 2011, local artist Dan Tulk was making progress toward a small January solo show at the Washington Project for the Arts. That Coup d’Espace project would have been the next step in a blooming career, the sort of short but focused show that might have summoned a few curators to take a closer look, or persuaded local bloggers and critics into writing about his work. We instead have “Dan Tulk: Lines and Shadows,” a retrospective of a career cut short following the artist’s death in a car crash last November. In place of the original project, the WPA has assembled a small survey of the artist’s ephemeral sculpture as well as documentation for some of his more ambitious installations. While in practice his work bears obvious affinities to the garbage-loving artists that swept the last decade in sculpture, a closer look at his pieces—presented in survey—may tease out Tulk’s appreciation for Agnes Martin and Eva Hesse, Minimalists whose work touched on both the cerebral and the sublime.
The exhibit is on view 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to Feb. 3 at Washington Project for the Arts, 2023 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. wpadc.org. (202) 234-7103.