Martin Wilner | The Case Histories | Freud Museum

October 29, 2016

Hales is delighted to announce Martin Wilner's first solo show at the Freud Museum in London. The exhibition, entitled The Case Histories, runs from 23 November 2016 to 19 February 2017 and draws on his decades of artistic work pertinent to the practice and thinking around psychoanalysis. 


The Case Histories are the latest iteration of Wilner’s ongoing Making History project begun in 2002. Throughout the first decade of this process, Wilner rendered daily drawings based upon events in the world of interest to him. Elements of representation, portraiture, caricature, cartography, typography, micrography, and musical composition coalesce into the resulting work.


 Beginning in 2012 he began to bring the basic elements of psychoanalysis into the work process by inviting subjects to send him daily correspondence for month-long periods. As a psychiatrist and scholar in psychoanalysis, Wilner is uniquely suited to this unusual task. Together with pen and paper, a psychoanalytic examination of the relationship that develops throughout each intensive month-long correspondence directs and helps produce the resulting work. 


The Case Histories includes the first two years of this project, representing a refinement of his two decades-long observational work practice. Subjects in these works include the composer John Zorn, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and his own former psychoanalyst, among many other fascinating individuals. Also presented are works from his other ongoing projects, Journal of Evidence Weekly and Game Pieces, giving context to the organic evolution of his psychoanalytic drawing practice.


A fully illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition.


On 24th November at 7pm, Artist Martin Wilner will be discussing his latest exhibition with co-owner and founder of Hales Gallery, Paul Hedge.





Martin Wilner

The Case Histories 

The Freud Museum

20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX


23 November 2016 - 19 February 2017


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