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Martin Wilner

June 18, 2010

Ever had your portrait drawn by a psychiatrist? You might think not, but maybe you have: artist and psychiatrist Martin Wilner draws obsessively, daily recording hundreds of unspoken encounters to and from his office. Wilner, who has an increasingly international exhibition schedule, speaks with host Michael Rush about his Journal of Evidence, an incredibly dense--not to say obsessive--record of his life (34 minutes).

To listen to Martin Wilner's interview on Off the Rail with Phong Bui, click here.

Martin Wilner

Artist Martin Wilner heeds Phong's desires and discusses, at implicit distance, his two most well-known works, The Journal of Evidence Weekly and Making History. They also discuss their shared time during Golden Days of Williamsburg, when Wilner designed his distinctive cover for the April-May 2003 issue of The Brooklyn Rail, a work emblematic of his unique pen-and-ink style, which draws influence primarily from his autodidactism but also from MAD Magazine, Pop Art and his reaction against Abstract Expressionism, much as he admires it. Much of his work takes from his interest in Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis, notable particularly in his depictions of dreams, Judaic beliefs and notions and constructions of contemporary and historical events.

This interview was recorded during Wilner's 2009 exhibition More Drawings About History and Evidence at Brooklyn's Pierogi 2000 (37 minutes).


Rush Interactive


Artists in conversation and debate with host Michael Rush, Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. In addition to his career as a museum director, he is an award winning curator, and widely published author and critic. He was Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University from 2005-2009, and Director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004.