02 May, 2010
While other artists paint with brushes, light, or sounds, American artist Wade Guyton (born in Hammond, Indiana in 1972) paints with an inkjet printer. For his exhibition at Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, Wade Guyton uses canvases with a width of 1.75 meters.
Andrea Teschke, Director of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, talks us through the Wade Guyton wall at Art Basel Miami
at Porticus, Frankfurt
The team Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker (Guyton \ Walker) is presented and showing their work in the Ladonia Biennial 2009. http://www.ladonia.net
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 GuytonWalker, 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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