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Lived/Active: New York/Indiana / Germany      Known for: abstract sculpture, digital art, photography

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Wade Guyton (b. 1972, Hammond, Indiana) is an American artist.  Art critic Holland Cotter, writing in The New York Times said that Guyton, "takes modernism, with its touchy-feely spiritual pretensions, for a hard ride. And as always he goes well beyond a one-line put-down."

In a statement of 2004, Guyton said:
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.

In 2005, Guyton collaborated on with fellow artist Kelley Walker on an exhibition which was also reviewed by The New York Times. Art critic Ken Johnson said:
"Mr. Guyton and Mr. Walker use digital scanning, inkjet printing, photo-silk-screening and stenciling to create an inventory of images that they recycle in various ways. Swatches of silk-screen fabric used to produce some of the images have been turned into flags hanging from poles angled out from the walls. Partly overpainted images of knives, food, chicken bones, Ketel One vodka advertisements and people disembarking from a private airplane constitute a series of 26 canvases hung edge to edge."

In 2003 Guyton showed at Power House Memphis.  Between 2006-10 exhibitions of his work were held in Germany at Kunstverein in Hamburg, Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, and Museum Ludwig in Cologne.


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biographical information is the preface to an interview with the artist.  It is written by David Armstrong who did the interview for Interview magazine, December 2010

It’s amazing that you can become one of the leading artists of your generation by messing with the limits of a home-office printer. That’s what 37-year-old artist Wade Guyton has managed to do ink-wise in the past decade.

Guyton’s early “drawings,” from around 2003, when he started incorporating a desktop printer, are filled with striking black Xs over ripped-out sheets from ’60s design books and interior catalogues.  The color black and the letter x became signature motifs.  So did flames (even an ongoing black-markered series of Firestarter book covers), the letter u, MarcelBreuer chairs (he twisted a few into disfigured metal sculptures), circles, and lined grids. At some point, Guyton jumped from paper to linen, running—or rather, pulling—gigantic swathes of fabric through the ink-jet printer while it reads from a computer file.

Guyton lets the printer cause the aberrations and pattern glitches that run across his muddy canvas. He’s a longtime collaborator with friend and fellow artist Kelley Walker. As Guyton-Walker, they’ve utilized Guyton’s skill for printer practices with Walker’s screen-printing and color techniques. This summer, the team is in charge of filling the first room of the Daniel Birnbaum-curated Pallazo delle Esposizioni at the Venice Biennale.

They’ve printed scanned bananas and SoCal beach colors on canvases and slabs of drywall. Photographer and longtime friend David Armstrong went to Guyton’s Midtown studio for this interview, where they spoke about art and Guyton’s fallback trade: the mass extermination of chipmunks.


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