Timothy Marvel Hull

The Struggle of the Magicians

September 16 - October 22, 2006

Opening Reception : September 15, 2006 7-9 pm

Timothy Marvel Hull, Fourth Way Diagram #1, 2006graphite and collage elements on paper14 x 11 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, Margaret Anderson, 2006pen on paper11 x 8 1/2 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, Jane Heap of the Little Review, 2006pen on paper with collage9 x 7 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, Jane Heap, 2006pen on paper12 x 12 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, Between the Real and the Miraculous, 2006graphite on paper12 x 9 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, The Two Minds of Jane Heap, 2006pen on paper with collage11 x 14 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, The Prieure at Fontainebleu,, 2006graphite on paper9 x 9 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, The Little Review Exiles Number, 2006graphite on paper12 x 9 inches
Timothy Marvel Hull, Solita Solano, Editor, 2006graphite on paper with collage14 x 11 inches

Press Release

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery is pleased to present The Struggle of the Magicians, the first solo show of New York artist Timothy Marvel Hull. The show will feature graphite and ink drawings on paper, wall diagrams, video and sound, and will also have atmospheric elements to heighten the mystical placement of visitors to the gallery.

The Struggle of the Magicians explores the ideas, personality, environment and audience that surround the mystical thinker and orator, G.I. Gurdjieff (1877-1949). Neither an indictment nor a celebration of Gurdjieff, this project is a view into the dynamics of the cult of personality, the plausability of esoteric knowledge, notions of orientalism, charismatic icons, diagrams, and mysticism. Gurdjieff can be seen as a point of departure in understanding these concepts.

Hull uses Gurdjieff as a symbol or an indicator for the incidence of new age gurus and the search for truth and reality vis-a-vis Eastern knowledge in early Twentieth Century Europe. Through a multitude of formal techniques, mediums, and art practices, the work seeks to analyze and historically contextualize the milieu of Mr. Gurdjieff. This process includes the complex conceptualization of mystical identity, patterning as reference point and metaphor, spiritual collectives, and revisionist cultural history. Pulling from sundry strands of references, the work seeks to be evocative of a particular era and feeling, thus creating new associations either linked to or wholly inconsequential to the subject matter.

Timothy Marvel Hull lives and works in New York City and Warwick, NY