James S. Murray Gallery opens the 2012-2013 school year with the artwork of Matthew Schultz. On display from August 20th – September 14th, “The History of the Division” is not only an exhibition, but also an experience rich with intrigue; Schultz crafts an alternate reality, melding deeper levels of knowledge with painstakingly crafted objects -- all made from scratch by Schultz. These artifacts are assembled in a museum-style journey that seeks to challenge the viewer’s understanding of history, culture, science and religion.
“The History of The Division” offers a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the secret, Illuminatus organization of The Division. On display are the personal artifacts of three men from the past 150 years, who are all a part of the fraternal order. There are the objects from the sideshow performer Dr. von Heidelberg III, a magical healer from the mid 1800s, who cured people with a mummy. There are wax figures of Rudolph Stiener, a German tank commander who fought the Nazi régime from within, using magic, and finally, The Unknown Soldier from Vietnam. Also on display are costumes from secret rituals, actual magic kits used by the organization, and other rare historical artifacts.
The gallery will host closing a reception on Friday, September 7 at 6pm. As part of this event Schultz will offer a lecture on the history of The Division in Menard 2209. For more information on the division visit www.thedivision.org.
Matthew Schultz is a multi-media artist, musician, inventor, filmmaker, designer and sculptor. His bodies of work cover a wide range of topics, from political satire to the healing Mandala Event.
Schultz holds a Bachelor’s in Art from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He currently works as a freelance graphic designer, and an associate professor of digital arts at Lincoln Land Community College.