AD 238 | Martin Wittfooth
“ The Clash of Industry and Nature”

Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto, Canada in 1981 and works in two studios in Kingston, New York, and Savannah, Georgia. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2008. Wittfooth’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum in Ohio, and La Halle Saint-Pierre in Paris, with solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Copenhagen. His paintings have also appeared in numerous publications, including Juxtapoz, The New York Times Art Review, and Vice, and cover features in New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose, Chronogram, and American Artist Magazine.

Wittfooth’s paintings, drawings, installations, and sculptural works investigate themes of the intersection and clash of industry and nature, and the human influence on the environment. Many of his works explore the theme of shamanism - rituals and practices as old as our species - through which we have attempted to dialogue with nature: the nature outside of ourselves and the nature within. His creative language uses the combination of allegory and symbolism to convey visual narratives.

Martin Wittfooth is represented by Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Martin’s upcoming solo exhibit “The Plasticene Era,” which opens on September 17th, 2022 @ Gallery Poulsen in Cøpenhagen
  • The longest amount of time he has spent on one painting
  • Getting inspiration from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles
  • The pre-career retrospective
  • Creating an exquisite corpse with oneself
  • Martin growing up in Finland
  • Martin working as an illustrator directly out of college 
  • 3D printing
  • World building
  • Speaking about one’s personal observations of the world through one’s paintings
  • The Siren in Greek mythology
  • Google’s “sentient” AI, LaMDA
  • Creating meaning out of one’s own life
  • Balancing being a working artist and having a family
  • Being a community focused artist

People / Artists Mentioned:
  1. Gerhard Richter (Visual Artist)
  2. David Cronenberg (Director)
  3. Bret Easton Ellis (Writer)
  4. Darren Aronofsky (Director)
  5. Adrian Ghenie (Painter)
  6. Justin Mortimer (Painter)
  7. Cecily Brown (Painter)
  8. Anish Kapoor (Sculptor)
  9. James Turrell (Artist)
  10. Albert Einstein (Physicist)
  11. Blake Lemoine (Google AI Engineer)

Books Mentioned:
  1. American Psycho
  2. Less Than Zero

Films / TV Shows Mentioned:
  1. Crimes of the Future (2022)
  2. Mother! (2017)
  3. The Shining (1980)

Posted 6.27.2022


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino