Thomas Tulis
“Shot in the Dark” (Drawing Gallery)
Color Photographs
May 10-June 28, 1991


Starting Friday, May 10 the Frumkin/Adams Gallery will show recent color photographs by Thomas Tulis in the Drawing Gallery.  Titled “Shot in the Dark,” the exhibition features photographs taken at night using flood lights to illuminate objects or forms in the landscape. Although Tulis’s photographs are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Amon Carter Museum in Dallas and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, this will be his first one-man exhibition in New York.


Thomas Tulis lives and works outside of Chattanooga and his subject is the high tension towers, railroad tracks and abandoned cars that dot the landscape of southeastern Tennessee.  He works at night taking exposures of up to 20 minutes in length using a 4x5 camera and a combination of spots and strobe lights powered by car batteries for illumination. The resulting images are frequently ominous, and while no figures appear in the photographs there is a strong sense of the human presence and of events abruptly interrupted.


The exhibition of photographs by Thomas Tulis will open in the Drawing Gallery Friday, May 10th and continue though the month of June. The Frumkin/Adams Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 to 6 and from 10 to 5:30 on Saturdays. In June the gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 to 6 and closed on Saturdays.