Making History: Case Histories, February 2014: Dr Jorn Gunther, 2014
Pen and ink on Bristol board
41.9 x 43.5 cm
16 1/2 x 17 1/8 in
16 1/2 x 17 1/8 in
Information: Martin Wilner (b. New York, USA, 1959) began making art in the 1990's after previously studying medicine and being a practicing psychoanalyst. As both an artist and a psychiatrist by training, Wilner uses imagery to locate the unconscious elements in language and life, his practice posing profound questions about the creative process, collaboration and the imagination. He lives and works in New York. Making History is a time-based project initiated in January of 2002 that utilizes the convention of the Roman calendar to telegraph the notion of the passage of time over the course of each month. Wilner selects a daily subject of interest to him from a variety of media sources and visualizes them each day as a drawing that would coalesce into a completed work by the end of each month. Elements of cartoon, cartography, text, micrography, and music have evolved into essential aspects of his creative vocabulary. On the verso of each drawing are descriptive texts or images that are integral to the work. Upon completion of a decade of this project in 2012, Wilner elected to push the creative envelope of this parameter-based body of work by inviting individuals familiar with his work to correspond with him daily for a month-long period and send him messages describing what they found of compelling interest to them on each day of their assigned month. He would then visualize each correspondence daily to produce the composite work by month's end. ‘I was drawn to the idea of collaboration […] and so I've been inviting people to correspond with me, asking them to send me what's on their mind, what's compelling to them, each and every day for a month. And I do a drawing on each day—a visualization based on that experience. Over the course of the month it coalesces into a kind of portrait of the subject over time.’ (quotation from ‘Artists in Conversation’ with Francis Levy, BOMB 130, Winter 2015). Dr Jorn Gunther (February): As early as his adolescent years, Jorn Gunther discovered his passion for medieval books and began his collection. Since this formative period, nothing has fascinated him more than the world of book art. He therefore combined art history, history and Germanic studies into his dissertation at the University of Hamburg, cataloguing, for the very first time, all of the illustrated Middle High German manuscripts of the World Chronicle. In 1990, Jorn Gunther opened his first Antiquarian book shop in Hamburg, based now in Stalden, a small village in central Switzerland, with an additional gallery operating in the medieval heart of Basel. With his forty years of experience and his extensive knowledge, he is often described as one of the world’s leading experts in his fields. Specialised in the finest illuminated manuscripts and miniatures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as the earliest and rarest printed books, the business The inventory of art, painted and printed on vellum and on paper, ranges from the 11th to 16th century and comprises of religious material, such as magnificent bibles, luxurious books of hours and grand choir books, and secular works such as chronicles, philosophy, literature, natural history and travel. The company primarily focuses on assisting private collectors and institutional collections, amongst whom number the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in the development of their holdings worldwide.