Wade Guyton - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Private collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Wade Guyton, April 26 – June 7, 2008

  • Catalogue Essay

    Employing the formal structure and appearance of high modernist painting, Wade Guyton invokes the evolution of the modes of production taking place in contemporary art. By deliberately challenging preconceived notions of the limits of abstraction with his output, Guyton is quickly garnering attention as one of the most promising voices of his generation. Extending an interest in commercial art that has occupied artists from Duchamp through Warhol, Guyton employs mechanical techniques to a decidedly signature effect.

    By folding pre-primed linen and repeatedly feeding it through a large format Epson printer, he is able to create a striking image that is nothing so much as the means of its own production. Simple lines of black are repeated on the surface of the “painting”, placed at regular intervals by the hypnotizing carriage of the inkjet printer. These optically arresting works gain uniqueness from the slippages and errors of this machine of art making, as each smear, drip and smudge takes on a powerful visual impact.

    The form of the rectangle is a function of the limits of the printer that creates the paintings. Based on a source image of a simple black rectangle, a monolith, the computer controlled printing process is lent a structural balance by the presence of a vertical line of white running through the center of the canvas. On either side, blocks of alternating lines follow one another down the surface of the image. Akin to the differentiated qualities a traditional oil painter can achieve with a “loaded” brush, Guyton produces an astounding array of line derived from the masterfully manipulated misfirings of the printer. As such, Guyton is fully exploring the new tools that technology are affording artists of the 21st century.



Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen.
84 x 69 1/4 in. (213.4 x 175.9 cm.)
Signed and dated “Wade Guyton 2008” on the overlap.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $422,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 May 2011
New York