Wade Guyton (born 1972)
Born in 1972 in Hammond, Indiana Guyton is an American artist who makes paintings, and also makes collaborative works with fellow artist Kelley Walker. 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 byThe 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.