Rob Wynne: Blindsight

Exhibition Dates: November 5 – December 24, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present Blindsight, a mixed-media exhibition by Rob Wynne. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from November 5 – December 24, 2016. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance, on Saturday, November 5 from 6-8 pm.

Silver Dawn, 2016 | Poured and mirrored glass | 87 x 131 inches

Silver Dawn, 2016 | Poured and mirrored glass | 87 x 131 inches

Rob Wynne’s second exhibition with the gallery features new works in poured glass, ceramic, and bronze, as well as Mylar decked with glitter, and delicately beaded vellum. The works reference the ability to grasp visual stimuli without consciously perceiving them. References to sleight of hand and magic are made tangible by the artist as he addresses issues of perception and the concept of seeing. His long-standing fascination with narrative is evident in the beautiful, transportive, and sometimes camp landscapes he creates for language.

Silver Dawn, a dynamic composition of poured and mirrored glass measuring approximately 7 feet by 11 feet, enables the viewer to catch glimpses of him/herself inadvertently interacting with the work. Similarly, a new group of glitter text drawings on Mylar incorporates the viewer’s image into the activity of “reading” the work, with expressions such as “Abracadabra,” “Adventure,” “At First Light,” and “Out of this Worldish.” The magical reality of sensing oneself in the world is reinforced by the hand sewn bead drawings and white on white prints of phrases, such as “Imitation and Disguise.” Brown Eyed Ghost explores the sense of touch as another way of seeing, as hand blown glass eyes gaze at the viewer from the palms of the artist’s hands cast in luster glazed ceramic. Embroidered block letters “AND” drip down a medium-scale canvas featuring a printed detail of the fingertips of an 18th century Meissen porcelain figurine.

Rob Wynne received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and has had numerous solo gallery exhibitions, including at Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY; Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; and Galerie Mitterrand, Paris, France. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the P.S. 1 Institute for Contemporary Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; The Long Beach Museum of Art, CA; and the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. His work is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Rob Wynne currently lives and works in New York.