Rob Wynne (American, b.1950) uses visual syntax to explore the implications and irony of concept and language. In the 1970s, Wynne was closely associated with the Fluxus movement via his mentor Ray Johnson, a seminal figure of Neo-Dada. His continued use of the double entendre stems from his Duchampian roots. Rob Wynne’s work is embedded with direct allusions to literature, television, and conversations. He collects and isolates these allusions to develop contrasts within the confines of his signature aesthetic.

In the exhibition IN COG NITO, presented at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, in 2011, this conceptual dialogue is conveyed in his poetic arrangement of large hand-poured letters of mirrored glass to denote borrowed thoughts. Wynne’s wordplay was also present early on in his solo shows around the world. At the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City in 1995, his exhibition, Sleepwalking, was composed of found images, quotes, and the Latin names of the butterfly emblems that enveloped the installation. He has also had exhibitions at Galerie Pierre Nouvion in Monaco, where he showed Word Pictures and Silhouettes, as well as at Galerie Oliver Schweden in Munich, Germany, where he exhibited Afterglow.

Wynne’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Fondation d’Art Contemporain Guerlain, Paris, France; and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

Wynne currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1950
Born in New York, NY
1970
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Rob Wynne Exhibitions in 2013:
REMEMBER ME, JGM Galerie, Paris, France (solo exhibition)
Something about a Tree, The Flag Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Rob Wynne: The Lure of Unknown Regions Beyond the Rim of Experience, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo exhibition)
2012
The Green Ray, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL (solo)
2012
Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids & Japanese Bridges, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (solo)
2011
IN COG NITO, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008
Rob Wynne: Like the Flickering of a Candle, Locks Gallery
2007
Installation, DIOR, Paris, France
2006
JGM.Galerie, French Kiss, Rob Wynne Curator
2004
JGM. Galerie (solo)
ACC Galerie, Weimar, Germany, "Gluck/Luck"
2003
Kunsthalle Luitpold Block, Munich, Germany, "Gluck/Luck"
Volume, New York City, "Reading:Material"
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, California, “NYPD”
Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
“On the Wall” (catalogue)
Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York City, “launched”
2002
Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Allemagne, « Selected Works » (solo)
Galleria D’arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy, “Officina/America” (catalogue)
Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland, “Portraits”
2001
Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Genève, Suisse (solo)
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, « Rob Wynne: New York » (solo)
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, « Rob Wynne: a Careless Rendez-vous » (solo)
Galeria Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix, Mexico City, Mexico, “Contemporary Artists, Contemporary Weaving: New Works from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca”
Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York City, “Rob Wynne and Elisabeth Kley”
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, “Reflection”
1999
Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, « Breathe » (solo)
Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Allemagne, « Rob Wynne: Thread Drawings, Glass & Ceramic Sculptures » -solo
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, « You’re Dreaming » -solo
1998
Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris, France « Rob Wynne: Photographs and Wallpaper »(solo)
JGM. Galerie, Paris, France, «Rob Wynne: Glass Sculpture and Words Drawings » -solo
1997
Galerie Françoise E.S.F. , Lutherville, Maryland, « Tell me Whom You Love and I’ll Tell You Who You Are » (solo)
Galerie Olivier Schweden, Münch, Allemagne. (solo)
Galerie Pierre Nouvion, Monaco, « Word Pictures and Silhouette » (solo)
1996
Galerie Malka Lallouz, Los Angeles -solo
Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, « Sleepwalking » (solo)
Allez les filles, Columbus, Ohio, « Butterflies » (solo)
1994
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, « Window-Shopping » (solo)
1991
Harcus Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (solo)
1989
Patricia Hamilton Gallery, New York City (solo)
1988
Patricia Hamilton Gallery, New York City (solo)
1981
The Kitchen, New York City, “Sphere Redux” (installation) (solo)