Robert Wayner
Artist Statement
Sculpture
Where the Heavens Meet the
Sea
. Robert Wayner. American
Black Walnut 38" x 7" x 7" (2007).
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As Seen In The New York Times-
Chicago Life Section
Our Fragile Heart, Our Savage
Desires
. Robert Wayner.
American Black Walnut, Stainless
Steel, Granite 32" x 22" x 18"
(2008)
As Seen In The Chicago Reader
Running Man. Robert Wayner.
American Black Walnut  54" x 22
x 22" (2006)
Currently on view at the Village of
Algonquin Village Hall
Hatred Heart. Robert Wayner.
American Black Walnut 36" x 24" x
20" (2008)
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Rapid Reflection. Robert
Wayner.Maple 24" x 16" x 16" (2009)
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Nature Cradling Technology.
Robert Wayner. American Black
Walnut  36" x 12 x 7" (2009)

As Seen In New City
The Kiwi Bird. Robert Wayner.
American Black Walnut.  24" x
15" x 4" (2009)
As Seen In The Chicago Reader
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All Photography by Larry Huene Photography
The Pan Within
June 1- July 31, 2009
Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo art exhibit by gallery owner, Robert Wayner.  This
exhibit, titled
The Pan Within, will feature new sculpture and furniture designed and constructed by the artist.

All the pieces showing in
The Pan Within exhibit are a reflective statement of Wayner’s growing dissatisfaction with technology and
its around-the-clock pervasive influence in contemporary Western urban lifestyle. Simultaneously, the pieces are a highly private
tangible expression of what Wayner describes as “an ever-increasing mysterious force within me, pulling me away from civilization,
the art world, my gallery and the life I know in Chicago and pushing me back into the solitude of the wild.” The Pan Within is an utterly
personal display of the artwork of a conflicted successful urban artist yearning for the rustic passion of his rural upbringing.

The legendary Greek god Pan was the god of streams, groves, wood thickets, and glens.   He was a prolific lover and musician
whose sultry pan-flute melodies were capable of arousing inspiration, raw sexuality, or fearful panic (the word panic is derived from
his name).  Wayner subtly senses the lure of Pan in the deep feelings pulling him back to the wild and inspiring him to forge
minimalist modern sculptures and furniture while unflinchingly attempting to come to terms with the juxtaposition of his past life and his
current life, the passionate, undulating nature of the wild vs. cold, calculated technology of the city.   Some of the sculpture are small
in size and reverent in composition, evoking the purity and shape of a woodland animal. Other pieces are large in scale, radiating
confusion and anger, expressing the absurdity of interpreting the chaos of the technological age.

Wayner works mainly with naturally felled hardwoods and fabricated metal machine components.  He designs and constructs all his
sculpture and furniture himself in his work/live studio located in Berwyn. His work has been featured in numerous publications,
including the New York Times Style Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Chicago Life, Chicago Home and Garden,
Chicago Magazine, and CS Interiors.  He grew up in downstate Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College.
Imperfect Transmission Perfectly
Transmitted.  
Robert Wayner.
Black Walnut, Plastic, and Brass
36" x 14 x 14" (2010)