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Timothy Marvel Hull, Katherine Mansfield, 2006
oil on canvas, 48 x 36"
Timothy Marvel Hull, Erwace, 2006, oil on canvas, 42 x 36
Timothy Marvel Hull, Cafe de la Paix, 2006, graphite on paper, 8 x 10"
Timothy Marvel Hull, The Complexities of Jane Heap, 2006, graphite on paper, 8.5 x 11"
Timothy Marvel Hull, Jane Heap, 2006, pen and collage on paper, 5 x 7"
Timothy Marvel Hull, The Little Review Juan Gris, 2006, graphite on paper, 8.5 x 11"
Using as its departure point the notion that patterns may reveal something fundamental about larger, more ineffable things, "Until I Know the Pattern" offers two differing approaches. Timothy Marvel Hull's work, consisting mostly of graphite drawings on paper, occupies that particular space currently in vogue among certain young artists who draw - which is to say, he works with esoteric metaphysical imagery, using intricate patterns and figurative abstraction, aspiring toward some transcendental end. Hull's pieces currently focus on subject matter pertaining to Sufi philosopher G.I. Gurdjieff - his likeness, devotees such as writer Katherine Mansfield, and the ecclesiastical buildings associated with his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. Each is drawn deftly, intricately, and mathematically, as if Emma Kunz had been lured into portraiture and still lifes. Certainly many of Hull's pieces are gorgeous and supremely crafted. They are rigorous in their detail. The artist wouldn't be the first to treat Gurdjieff as the apotheosis of self-awareness, but somehow Hull falls short of such worship, slimly tending to the side of inquiry. One wonders what Edward Said would have had to say about his work. contd >>