Rob Wynne's (B.1950) art is intertwined with allusive phrases that he appropriates from literature, television and conversations. Once extracted from their context, and juxtaposed with Wynne's surreal, nostalgic imagery, they create a Proustian atmosphere where such figures as Louis Aragon, Maria Callas, and Georges Bataille seem to have a dialogue. In his 1990s installations at Holly Solomon Gallery and Grey Art Gallery in New York, Wynne embroidered photographs of 18th century Meissen figurines with fresh anachronistic texts; lined rooms with butterflies or snakes silkscreened on wallpaper; and embroidered suits with Jean Genet's stage directions before hanging them in the window. In his most recent work, Wynne choreographs large hand-poured letters of mirrored glass on the walls to embody his collection of borrowed thoughts such as ADIEU, VISIBLE SILENCE, and BE COME!.


Portrait Image | Marco Anelli © 2019 | From the book Artist Studios New York, Damiani Editore, 2020