ROB WYNNE: SPEECHLESS

 
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Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Rob Wynne. For his fifth solo show at the gallery, Wynne exhibits recent works that explore the elusive nature of language through his use of eccentric materials. As a conceptual artist with interests in literature, painting, sculpture, drawing, embroidery, and glass making, Wynne works in a range of media with a particular interest in a material’s ability to transform.

His signature wall reliefs are comprised of an abstract cluster of individual hand poured mirrored glass elements, achieved by uniquely pouring each letter or element, followed by a process of cooling and silvering.

Silver Rush
Poured & mirrored glass, 2019
77 x 92 inches

Bronze Mirror
Polished bronze with glass mirror, 2018
54 x 35 inches

Edition of 8

Blue Nile
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
73 x 74 inches 

Where

Elope
Smoke on vellum, 2018
21 x 27 inches

Where
Where

Elope
Elope

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1/2

In order to transport the letters into the cooling oven from the table that they’re poured on, they have to be slid onto a piece of wood. And when they’re slid onto the wood, the wood catches fire and produces an enormous amount of smoke, which chars the surface of the wood. So it both imprints the letter—“brands it”—into the wood, and it also creates smoke, which is charcoal...I lit a candle and put paper on a piece of Plexiglas, so that I could look through the paper and trap the smoke onto it. So it really is a charcoal drawing.

Celestial
Glass beads and thread on vellum, 2017
21 x 27 inches 

Night Visit
Poured and mirrored glass, 2019
38 x 33 inches

Think Peace

Probably Definitely

Obstacle Illusion

Always Sometimes
Pigment on Paper, 2019
23 x 27 inches

Editions of 8

Think Peace
Think Peace

Probably Definitely
Probably Definitely

Always Sometimes
Always Sometimes

Think Peace
Think Peace

1/4

Beyond an unusual and glittering quality, the work takes on a poetic subtext. Phrases and words are drawn from diary entries, snippets from poems, and conversations. The themes of Invisibility / transformation are directly referenced in the morphing of the materials - glass when clear, the white text prints, the translucency of the vellum that permits the ability to read the sewn text while looking through to see the threads unravelling.

See the Flowers of this Painted World
Poured and mirrored glass, 2018
72 x 84 inches

Phantom
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
93 x 75 inches

Bronze Exclamation
Poured & mirrored glass, 2018

18 x 4 inches

Edition of 25

The Moon Viewers
Poured and mirrored glass, 2018
117 x 80 inches

Speechless
Poured & mirrored glass, 2019

24 x 50 inches

Blue Green Splash
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
32 x 24 inches

Unicorn Horn
Mirror polished bronze, 2020
29 x 5 inches

Edition of 8

Video courtesy of The Brooklyn Museum, January 2019.

 

Biography

Rob Wynne (b.1950) lives and works in New York City and has had an extensive history of solo exhibitions in the United States and in France dating back to 1981, including at the Brooklyn Museum (2018-19) and Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (2012). His work has been featured in recent group exhibitions at the Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2010), and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2005). Wynne’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Centre Pompidou, France; The Norton Museum of Art, Florida; the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris.

 

Price List

Silver Rush
Poured & mirrored glass, 2019
77 x 92 inches

$55,000

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Bronze Mirror
Polished bronze with glass mirror, 2018
54 x 35 inches

$41,000

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Blue Nile
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
73 x 74 inches 

$55,000

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Where

Elope
Smoke on vellum, 2018
21 x 27 inches

$4,500 each

Where
Where

Elope
Elope

Where
Where

1/2

Celestial
Glass beads and thread on vellum, 2017
21 x 27 inches 

$7,500

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Night Visit
Poured and mirrored glass, 2019
38 x 33 inches

$20,000

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Think Peace

Obstacle Illusion

Probably Definitely

Always Sometimes
Pigment on Paper, 2019

23 x 27 inches

Editions of 8

$3,700 each

Think Peace
Think Peace

Probably Definitely
Probably Definitely

Always Sometimes
Always Sometimes

Think Peace
Think Peace

1/4

See the Flowers of this Painted World
Poured and mirrored glass, 2018
72 x 84 inches

$50,000

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Phantom
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
93 x 75 inches

$45,000

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Bronze Exclamation
Poured & mirrored glass, 2018

18 x 4 inches

Edition of 25

$9,000

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The Moon Viewers
Poured and mirrored glass, 2018
117 x 80 inches

$65,000

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Speechless
Poured & mirrored glass, 2019

24 x 50 inches

$18,000

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Blue Green Splash
Poured and mirrored glass, 2017
32 x 24 inches

$12,000

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Unicorn Horn
Mirror polished bronze, 2020
29 x 5 inches

Edition of 8

$25,000

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