Whitney Lynn

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"After The Fall" at Bass & Reiner (partial installation view), 2017 © Whitney Lynn
Eve (after Michelangelo), 2016 Oil Pastel, Pencil, And Masking Tape On Cut And Pasted Papers 60 X 90 Inches © Whitney Lynn
Lot’s Daughters (after Cezanne), 2016 Oil Pastel, Pencil, And Masking Tape On Cut And Pasted Papers 60 X 56 Inches © Whitney Lynn
Anne Boleyn (after the Hever Castle portrait), 2017 Adhesive Vinyl 55.5 X 68.75 Inches © Whitney Lynn
A Matter of Perspective no.001, 2016 Neon, Glass Tubing, Metal Skeleton Frame © Whitney Lynn
Memorial Bouquet, 2016 Backlit Print, Acrylic, Led, Steel, Automotive Paint, Rubber 60 X 36 Inches © Whitney Lynn
Explanation Attempt, 2010 Archival Inkjet Print 22.5 X 30 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Patricia Sweetow Gallery
Explanation Attempt (video still)
Trap no.001, 2011 Acrylic, Polished Tree Branch 24 X 24 X 26.5 In. © Courtesy of the Artist and Steven Wolf Fine Arts
Inverting the Sign, 2010 Cotton Applique On Flag 4 X 6 Feet
Quick Facts
Williams Air Force Base
Works in
San Francisco and Miami

Whitney Lynn employs a wide range of media to create works that reframe narratives of familiar objects, images and events. Mining cultural and political histories, Lynn uses tactics of appropriation to reflect on subjects such as militarized landscapes, historical archetypes, and the role of images in the creation of myth. Born on Williams Air Force Base, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, received her BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. 

In 2016, Lynn was the first-ever National Artist-in-Residence at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas and in 2017 will be an Artist-in-Residence at the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Additional recent projects include After The Fall, a solo exhibition examining the archetype of the temptress at Bass & Reiner, San Francisco; Sirens, a solo exhibition exploring mechanisms of illusion and deception at Auxiliary Projects, Brooklyn; and Searching for Diogenes, a solo installation and 3-part performance surveying the legacy of Diogenes the Cynic at Yerba Buena Center For the Arts, San Francisco.

Lynn is currently Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and from 2014-17 taught at Stanford University, leading the interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts program. She has presented artist talks, developed workshops and participated on panels at numerous institutions including Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO; SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA; University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA; and University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. 


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