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"Works by Stephen Mueller and Rob Wynne"
2004-09-10 until 2004-10-30
Rebecca Ibel Gallery
Columbus, OH, USA United States of America

The Rebecca Ibel Gallery is delighted to present the rich and sensuous paintings of Stephen Mueller and conceptual pieces by Rob Wynne. Stephen Mueller’s new paintings have a meditative quality blending a contemporary sensibility with interests in Eastern philosophy.  New York Times critic Holland Cotter has described his work as “mysterious without being mystifying, suave but sweet-humored, as art-savvy version of visionary.” RobWynne works as a collector of quotations, excerpting them and placing them into a new context, transforming them into poetic pieces of conceptual art. This exhibition will be open at the Rebecca Ibel Gallery at Miranova through October.

Since 1970, New York based Stephen Mueller’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and curated exhibitions with a retrospective in 2003 at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and the Whitney Biennial in 1995. Mueller has been recognized with many awards such as the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Portland Art Museum and the Progressive Corporation. Based in New York, this is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery.

Rob Wynne's hand-blown mirrored glass word pieces have playful and evocative titles include “Like The Sigh Of Some Immense Creature,” “Glimpse,” and “You….” Dramatic flair reminiscent of the Rococo period is evident in the images on canvas, such as Maria Callas’ wig with Man Ray inspired, embroidered violin F- holes.  Critic David Rimanelli has called Wynne's process of appropriation, imaginative filtration of words and creation of a new artistic context as "a succinct and poetic distillation of [a] cool and surgical operation."

Rob Wynne's work has been exhibited over the past 25  years in the US and abroad with recent shows in New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Munich and Houston. His conceptual pieces are admired by critics, collectors and curators and can be found in numerous private and public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, PS1, MOMA, Long Island City, New York and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. Based in New York, Wynne has been represented by the gallery since 1994.

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