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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Belgium

  • Catalogue Essay

    The work of New York based artist Wade Guyton simultaneously embodies new ideas of making and formal means of presentation.The paintings on linen, which are produced on computer as well as through the manual intervention of the printing process, are all indicative of the fact the Guyton is an artist of his own invention, developing his own contemporary language through references of a formal past such as minimalism, conceptualism and flux.
    The aesthetic of Guyton’s work evokes its own period, and is informed by the context of the urban environment and the manner in which it was produced. Our present lot is embedded with a potent history of imagery that draws references from every facet of culture.The image of a broken X becomes political and romantic, pathetic and powerful, a symbol that is carved into the global visual vocabulary. Reluctant to confirm any one meaning, the present lot is a primary example of Wade Guyton’s impeccable orchestration of ambiguity.
    “Recently I’ve been using Epson inkjet printers and flatbed scanners as tools to make works that act like drawings, paintings, even sculptures. I spend a lot of time with books and so logically I’ve ended up using pages from books as material – pages torn from books and fed through an inkjet printer. I’ve been using a very pared down vocabulary of simple shapes and letters drawn or typed in Microsoft Word, then printed on top of these pages from catalogues, magazines, posters – and even blank canvas. The resulting images aren’t exactly what the machines are designed for – slick digital photographs.There is often a struggle between the printer and my material – and the traces of this are left on the surface – snags, drips, streaks, mis-registrations, blurs.” (Wade Guyton from his statement upon receiving the 2004 Visual Arts Grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts).



Epson Ultra Chrome inkjet on linen.
84 x 69 in. (213.4 x 175.3 cm).

Signed and dated “Wade Guyton 2007” on the overlap.

$90,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $134,500

Contemporary Art Part I

13 Nov 2008, 7pm
New York