Wade Guyton (American, b.1972) is a printmaker best known for his black monochromes made with an Epson inkjet printer. Born in Hammond, IN, Guyton studied at the University of Tennessee, and later at Hunter College in New York. In his early work, Guyton used a desktop printer to lay black X-shapes, which would become his signature mark, over pages taken from interior design catalogues. His work recycles images using inkjet printing, photo silk screening, and stenciling to imitate Abstract painting. For his series of large-scale untitled works from 2007–2008, Guyton printed black ink on pieces of stretched linen using an Epson 9600 printer. These works appear to follow the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, but the inconsistencies on the surface of the canvases depend on the amount of ink in the printer, not on the artist’s hand. Guyton questions the value of artistic skill in age when Abstract Art is proliferated by mechanical reproduction. In 2009, he began a series of black-and-white stripes produced by printing digital files of the stripes on pieces of folded linen, which record inconsistencies in ink and the scratches made by dragging the fabric across the floor to feed into the printer. Guyton’s work has been exhibited at the Kunsthalle Zürich in Switzerland, the Museo d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, and MoMA PS1 in New York. He lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1972
Born in Hammond, Indiana
1990–1995
BA, University of Tennessee, TN
1996–1998
Hunter College, NY
Lives and works in New York

Exhibitions

2012–2013
OS, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (solo)
2009
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2009
Galleria Gió Marconi, Milan
2008
Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
2008
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
2008
LAXART, Los Angeles (Guyton\Walker)
2008
Carte Blanche III: „Gedichte der Fakten“ – Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Arend und Brigitte Oetker, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2008
Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker, MAMbo, Bologna, Italy (solo)
2007
Friedrich Petzel Gallery New York, USA (solo)
2007
Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2007
Wade Guyton: Objects are much more familiar, Power House, Memphis, USA (solo)
2007
Degree Zero, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
2007
DUMP, Postmodern Sculpture in the dissolved field, Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arktitektur og Design, Oslo
2007
For the people of Paris, Sutton Lane, Paris, France
2007
The Lath Picture Show, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
2007
Very abstract and hyper figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
2007
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2006
Paintings, Westlondonprojects, London, UK (solo)
2006
MAMBO, (Guyton/Walker collaboration), Bologna, Italy (solo)
2006
La Salle de Bains, Wade Guyton, Lyon, France (solo)
2006
U Stencil, Hard Hat Editions, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Color, Power & Style, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2006
Haubrokshows, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2006
Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Empire Strikes Back (Guyton\Walker collaboration), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (solo)
2006
Casey Kaplan gallery, Pose & Sculpture (cur. Daniel Baumann), New York, USA
2006
Hyde Park Art Center, Home of the Free (cur. Jens Hoffmann), Chicago, USA
2006
Sammlung Goetz, Imagination Becomes Reality. Part IV: Borrowed Images, Munich, Germany
2006
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Reykjavik Art Museum, Herning Art Museum, Uncertain States of America (Guyton\Walker collaboration), Annandale-on-Hudson, Reykjavik, Herning
2006
Paula Cooper Gallery, An Ongoing Low-Grade Mystery (Guyton\Walker collaboration), New York, USA
2006
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Collection 2005–06 Mystery (Guyton\Walker collaboration), Brussels, Belgium
2006
Kunsthalle Zürich, Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Josh Smith, Kelley Walker, Zurich, Switzerland
2006
Haus Konstruktiv, Ordnung und Verführung, Zurich, Switzerland
2006
Anton Kern Gallery, Delete/How to make a perfect ghost, New York, USA
2005
Astrup Fearnley Musset for Moderne Kunst, Uncertain States of America (Guyton\Walker collaboration), Olso
2005
Kunstbunker, Unburied/Reburied, Nuremberg, Germany
2005
Sculpture Center, Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York (Guyton\Walker collaboration), USA
2005
Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Grey Flags, New York, USA
2005
P.S.1-MOMA, Greater New York, Long Island City, USA
2005
Air de Paris, New York Twice, Paris, France
2005
Greenberg van Doren Gallery, Tête à Tête, New York, USA
2005
Mehdi Chouakri Galerie, Die Gute Forme (cur. Gerold Miller), Berlin, Germany
2005
Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Dead/Undead, (cur. Hans-Jürgen Hafner), Munich, Germany
2005
Kunsthalle Andratx, Principles of Construction (cur. Friederike Nymphius), Mallorca, Spain
2005
Fortescue Avenue Jonathan Viner, Meet me at the Corner, London, UK
2005
Gavlak, West Palm Beach, USA (solo)
2005
Kunstverein Hamburg, Color, Power & Style, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
2005
Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2005
Art 36 Statements, presented by Galerie Francesca Pia, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2005
Greene Naftali Gallery, The Failever of Judgement, Part III (Guyton\Walker collaboration), New York City, USA (solo)
2004
Power House, Objects are Much More Familiar, Memphis, TN (solo)
2004
Reinschau, The Failever of Judgement (Guyton\Walker collaboration), presented by Greene Naftali, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004
Midway Contemporary, XXXXX BBB XXXXXFFFFFF FFFF (Guyton\Walker collaboration), St. Paul, MN (solo)
2004
Paula Cooper Gallery, Last one on is a soft Jimmy, New York, USA
2004
Kunstverein in Hamburg, Formalismus. moderne kunst, heute, Hamburg, Germany
2004
Modern Art Oxford, Real World: The Dissolving Space of Experience (cur. Suzanne Cotter), Oxford, UK
2004
Whitney Museum of American Art, Whitney Biennial, New York, USA
2004
Apexart, Summer program (cur. Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz), New York, USA
2004
Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Unplugged Architecture (cur. Max Henry), New York, USA
2004
The Project, Notes on Renewed Appropriationisms (cur. Lauri Firstenberg), Los Angeles, USA
2003
Secession, Junge Szene, (Form, Kontext, Troja) (cur. Daniel Baumann), Vienna, Austria
2003
88.7 89.3 103.9 (with Kelley Walker and Seth Price), Brooklyn, NY, USA
2003
Artists Space, Elements of an Incomplete Map, New York, USA (solo)
2002
P.S.1-MOMA, Building Structures, Long Island City, USA
1999
Andrew Kreps Gallery Project Space, New York, USA (solo)
1998
Hunter College, MFA exhibition, New York, USA (solo)