Wade Guyton - Contemporary Art Part I New York Monday, November 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York 

  • Catalogue Essay

    Untitled by Wade Guyton employs the formal structure and appearance of a traditional painting while invoking the evolution of the modes of production taking place in Contemporary Art. As part of a series of large-scale printer drawings in which the images are derived from the pages of art books, the present work employs Guyton’s process of folding the linen before repeatedly feeding it through a large format printer.  He would then digitally add graphic elements to these scanned images including the black disks seen here.  What results is a tension between his readymade imagery and subjective interventions. The subsequent smudges and blurs that result (and could be characterized as printer errors) play an important role within the overall composition of the work.
    Untitled is imbued “with a sense of chance and physical process both at odds and strangely in keeping with Guyton’s chosen technologies, which are known as much for their slick reproductive powers as for their inclination toward mechanical mishap.” (S. Rothkopf, “The New Black,” Parkett No. 83, September 2008, pp. 76-77) Without using a drop of paint or making a single brushstroke, Guyton is able to recreate the residues of the spontaneous, immediate, mark. It is in this way that the artist confronts today’s specific cultural situation in which any abstract gesture is inclined to recall a pre-existing abstract work. 



Inkjet on linen.
63 x 35 1/2 in. (160 x 90.2 cm).

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $302,500

Contemporary Art Part I

8 November 2010
New York