Rob Wynne’s Sublime Glass Creations
The New York artist's whimsical work packs a serious visual—and conceptual—punch
At first glance, Rob Wynne’s glass text works have a playful aesthetic, but are, in fact, rooted in a personal history and carry a deeper meaning. As a child, Wynne struggled with dyslexia, which constantly forced Wynne to re-examine the way his mind saw letters and words. Perhaps working with letters is a way of having control over the structure of his words, and allows him to comment on the way every individual deals with language.
Early in his artistic career, while working on a large silkscreen, he wanted to include a glass sculpture. Inexperienced in working with glass, he dropped the ladle, spilling the molten glass and creating a “splat” on the floor. This occurrence inspired the forms that would make him and his art quite successful.
Wynne’s glass works take the form of both lettered phrases and large installations made up of small circles that, when pieced together, are reminiscent of a galaxy. Both are playful and visually soothing, but when examined further, the borrowed phrases carry a deeper, more philosophical subtext, and the installations bear powerful names like Vortex and Elsewhere. Although his applications and arrangements appear to be random and without order, Wynne’s process is highly methodical. The results are alluringly beautiful.
Born: 1950, New York, New York
Lives: New York, New York
2016, A Distant Mirror, Galerie Mitterand, Paris, France
2014, The Backstage of the Universe, Gavlak, Los Angeles, California
2013, The Lure of Unknown Regions Beyond the Rim of Experience, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gavlak, Palm Beach, Florida
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France
Rob Wynne: Like the Flickering of a Candle by Rob Wynne and Carter Ratcliff—Locks Art Publications, 2008