Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

INVISIBLE, 1992
blown glass, sand
96 x 18 x 7 inches

Rob Wynne glass Locks Gallery

VORTEX, 2011
534 unique poured and mirrored glass elements
91 x 126 inches

Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

RUE DE FLEURUS, 2011
poured and mirrored glass
30 x 39 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Over/Under, 2001
Sharpie and ball point on paper
11 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches

 

Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

IN COG NITO, 2011
poured and mirrored glass
41 x 25 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

I Am Still Alive, 1972
telegram
9 x 12 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Exit, 1988
iris print
23 x 18 7/8 inches

Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

ADIEU, 2011
poured and mirrored glass
21 x 40 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Argema Mittrei, 1993
photograph and embroidered felt
25 1/8 x 22 7/8 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Simply, 1994
embroidery on fabric
4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

FOR EVER, 2011
poured and mirrored glass
39 x 32 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Conspiracy is Stronger Than Witchcraft, 1995
embroidery on fabric
15 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches

Rob Wynne glass text Locks Gallery

AFTER ALL, 2011
poured and mirrored glass
35 x 45 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

I Throw Myself Among the Dead, 1996
photograph and embroidered text on felt
26 1/8 x 28 1/8 inches

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

Stop Thinking, 2008
pigment print
18 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches

 

Rob Wynne Locks Gallery

School of Fontainebleau, 1996
photograph and embroidered text on felt
17 1/2 x 17 1/8 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present IN COG NITO, a solo show of Rob Wynne featuring new glass sculptures together with early works from the ‘70s on. The exhibition will be on view September 1 through October 8, 2011. There will be a reception for the artist Friday, September 9, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
 
This second exhibition of Wynne’s work at the gallery presents new mirrored-glass words and revisits early mixed-media pieces that contextualize his long-standing interest in, and engagement with text. The early framed pieces on display include embroideries, candle-smoke drawings, photographs and photograms, “typewriter pieces”, collages, and cutouts. Wynne’s early pieces unfold what would become a long-lasting exploration of words, connotations, metaphors and the relationship between text and its visual rendering.
 
The first glass sculpture that Wynne created lies on a strip of sand; the transparent three-dimensional letters read INVISIBLE (1992). Recent poured-mirrored-glass letters spell out AFTER ALL, BE FOR LONG, FOR EVER, IN TU ITION, IN COG NITO… Wynne choreographs the glimmering letters on the wall, giving them a “theatrical form.” “I pick words or phrases from anywhere I find them –from existing poetry (from Charles Baudelaire to Gertrude Stein, and Wallace Stevens), from things that pop into my mind, snippets of conversation overheard, to obsessive rhythmic reference to words that resonate in my mind.”
 
A fully illustrated catalog of the exhibition includes a conversation with Alice Quinn, director of the Poetry Society of America and former poetry editor of The New Yorker, that elucidates the back-stories and the processes of Wynne’s art.
 
Rob Wynne has had numerous solo gallery exhibitions, including JGM Galerie, Paris; Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva; and Holly Solomon Gallery, New York. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum, TX; P.S.1 Institute for Contemporary Art, NY; Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; The Drawing Center, NY; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 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, France; and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

Rob Wynne
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Rob Wynne: artnet
September 28, 2011

"Savagery and Subterfuge in Philadelphia" By Linda Yablonsky

Rob Wynne & Neysa Grassi: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Writing
Rob Wynne & Neysa Grassi: The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2011

"Word Works" by Edith Newhall

Rob Wynne: IN COG NITO
Publication
Rob Wynne: IN COG NITO
Interview with Alice Quinn 2011
Rob Wynne: Like the Flickering of a Candle
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Rob Wynne: Like the Flickering of a Candle
Text by Carter Ratcliff 2008