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HULLS: The Art of Decay by San Francisco Bay's First Female Tugboat Captain

Wednesday, November 02, 2011
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Event Type:
Party/Street Party
Greg Goodman
3180 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Location Details:
Dickerman Prints Gallery
3180 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Photographed from the unique and dynamic vantage point of a tugboat’s deck - Jan Tiura’s HULLS is an up-close character study of working vessels from around the world by the first female tugboat captain in San Francisco Bay history.

During a career that has spanned 35 years as a US Coast Guard-licensed tugboat captain, Tiura has driven every type of tug from dinky single-screw tugs to towering pusher boats with enough horsepower to tow Alcatraz off its moorings.

From Tiura’s vantage point on her tugboat’s deck, lines, shapes and colors take on a painterly quality in her images. Through them, Tiura examines the intersection of form, function and the fury of the sea.

“Photographing from a working tug has allowed me to explore my fascination with vessels, a fascination which stems from a childhood spent living next to the sea and feeling its pull,” says Tiura. “Although I have photographed hulls throughout my maritime career, it was the advent of small, high-quality and consumer-grade digital cameras that finally allowed me to capture these images on the Bay while operating my tug.

Now, for the first time, these images are on display together as custom-printed photographs – collaboratively prepared by Tiura and Seth Dickerman. Together, these two artists transformed a series of low-resolution files into large-format exhibition prints of the highest quality: a testament what one can create using modern photographic technology.

Dickerman Prints Gallery will host a public opening reception for HULLS on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 3180 17th Street, San Francisco. The exhibition will be open on weekdays through December 11, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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by Greg Goodman
by Greg Goodman
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