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Sperone Westwater is pleased to anno unce an exhibition of recent pen\, ink\, and graphite drawings by Martin Wi lner. This is Wilner�s first exhibition with the gallery. The artist create s highly detailed diaristic drawings that comprise his two ongoing bodies o f work\, Making History and Journal of Evidence Weekly. Wilne r uses elements of cartoon\, calligraphy\, cartography\, and Surrealism to reconstrue stories of personal interest in the local and international news . On the verso of each drawing is descriptive text\, which is integral to t he work. As a practicing psychiatrist\, Wilner also focuses on observation and process in his clinical work. The title of the exhibition is a play upo n the Beatles song title\, �A Day in the Life�\, in which Lennon chose lyri cs derived from news events\, while McCartney countered with lyrics drawn f rom personal reminiscenses.

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I n the six-part drawing Making History: July�December 2007\, Wilner r econfigures the map of the world\, replacing the conventional axes of latit ude and longitude with events over time. For example\, in his landscape\, o ne may find oneself crossing Turkey when traveling from Queens to Manhattan . Each month�s calendric drawing is also uniquely composed to form part of the larger six-month composition.

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In the twelve works\, Making History: January�December 2008\, W ilner creates drawings with a focus upon various forms of text\, alone or i n combination with images and maps in the compositional structure of the Ro man calendar. In September 2008\, Wilner illustrates letters accompa nied by portraits of people and animals that are related to the story of in terest for each day. The letters also form encrypted messages. In these wor ks\, themes develop\, shift\, and disappear as subjects morph from contract killing in Queens to Guantanamo to the trial of Khalid Shaik Mohammed to W arren Buffett.

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Wilner describ es his process in creating Making History:

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My work is about observation. By day much of my observ ing is acoustic. Listening analytically to my patients. For the hidden them es. Melodies. That preoccupy their lives. That cause suffering. By night\, my observations are primarily visual. I look. I read. I draw. Taking techni cal pen to paper. Condensing. Synthesizing. Choosing. Executing. Hoping to tap into my own less conscious themes. Whispered melodies. Connecting the p resent to the past and inviting linkages to the future. A surrealistic stew restirred daily. (Wilner\, �A Life in Days\,� 2009)

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Wilner says he started the Journal of Evidence W eekly after imagining a missed deadline for a publication of that name in a dream. He realized that the acronym of the journal title was J-E-W< /i>\, and interpreted it as a reference to his heritage. In these works\, t he artist observes and meticulously illustrates the people on the subway in New York City. Faces flow into one another and weld into each other. Bodie s are intertwined. Wilner documents each tear and speck of facial hair. As the artist states\, his work is about the process and the journey. He leave s the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions from the history or evidenc e shown in his work.

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Martin W ilner was born in 1959\, and he resides in New York City. His works have be en shown most recently in solo gallery exhibitions in New York and Boston. Recent museum group exhibitions include �Off the Shelf� at the Frances Lehm an Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in 2006\, �Mr. President� at the Unive rsity Art Museum at Albany in 2007\, �Drawn to Detail� at the De Cordoba Mu seum in 2008 and �Reinventing Ritual� currently at the Jewish Museum. His w ork is included in many important public and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art\, the Jewish Museum\, the Vassar Art L ibrary\, the Cartin Collection and Warner Bros.

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There will be an opening reception for the artist on Fri day January 8 from 6-8 pm. For more information as well as photographic ima ges\, please contact Maryse Brand at Sperone Westwater at maryse@speronewes twater.com or (212) 999-7337. Please find further documentation on our webs ite: www.speronewestwater.com.

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DTEND:20100320 DTSTAMP:20141002T122901 DTSTART:20100108 GEO:40.723144;-73.9925559 LOCATION:Sperone Westwater\,257 Bowery \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Life in Days \, Martin Wilner UID:87976 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR