Behind the art
The OCTOPUS & SPIDER rings come directly out of my work in other materials. I have been using insect imagery for many years in Wallpaper, Glass & Beaded thread drawings. I am interested in the complexity and beauty contained in them as well as their range of literary and historical references. The family of insects that I have used include FLIES, OCTOPUS, SNAKES, SPIDERS & WEBS, ANTS, HORNETS & BEES, to name a few…..
While remaining remarkably eclectic and wonderfully versatile, Rob Wynne’s art is consistently interlaced with direct allusions to literature, television, and conversations. He craftily extricates them from the context that confines them, and contrasts them with his signature nostalgic and surreal imagery to create an atmosphere that might as well have been set in a Proust novel. In his 1990s installations at Holly Solomon Gallery and Grey Art Gallery in New York, Wynne embroidered recent anachronistic texts with 18th century photographs of Meissen figurines, filled interiors with butterflies, covered walls with snakes silkscreened on wallpaper, and embroidered suits with stage directions from Jean Genet plays— then hung them in the window. Most recently, Wynne embodies his compendium of borrowed thoughts such as VISIBLE SCIENCE, ADIEU, and BE COME! by setting up giant hand-poured letters of made of mirrored glass against the walls.
Rob Wynne exhibited at Holly Solomon Gallery, New York in the 1980s. 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.