Guyton's "printer drawings" consist of illustrated pages torn out of exhibition catalogues, monographs and architecture books. With the help of a standard ink printer, Guyton then adds geometric shapes to the original plates which do not relate to the illustration in any ostensible way. One shows a Suprematist composition superimposed over an abstract biomorphic sculpture, another a perforated rectangle over a Dada poster, and in another, flames crawl over reproductions of paintings. This monograph / artist's book designed by Joseph Logan and published in conjunction with an exhibition in Lyon, present three series of works.
Published after the exhibition Wade Guyton at La Salle de bains art center, Lyon (April 1st – May 28 2006).
Wade Guyton (born 1972 in Hammond, Indiana, lives a,d works in New York) is one of the most influential representatives of a generation of artists who reflect on and produce images in a digital era. Although some of his works question the structure and language of painting, in the traditional sense of the word, they still radically modify codes and modes of production. Guyton's paintings are indeed realized by putting canvases several times through huge inkjet printers to print motifs and letterings. Errors, drips, and misprints are part of the general composition process and ensure the result's unicity: “The first works I created digitally, it was like writing, but the keyboard replaced the pen. Instead of drawing an X, I decided to push a key.” Repeated under different electronic formats, these signs—may they be Xs, Us, or even the image of a flame scanned from a book—have all become contemporary art icons.
See also ; Blondes, James Campbell & I.U.D –
Wade Guyton Kunsthalle Zurich (LP)
; Warhol Wool Guyton
Text by Vincent Pécoil
Graphic design: Joseph Logan.
Translation (French - English): Anthony Allen.
Published with La salle de bains, Lyon.
published in 2007
bilingual edition (English / French)
22,5 x 27,5 cm (softcover, printed transparent cover)
88 pages (colour ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-84066-199-3
EAN : 9782840661993