(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.