A new monograph of the american artist, presenting over thirty new works produced specifically for a large-scale curatorial project, with an in-depth essay by Tristan Garcia in the form of an investigation.
Born 1972 in Hammond, Indiana, Wade Guyton lives and works in New York City. He 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.
Authors: Nicolas Trembley (ed.) and Tristan Garcia
Published by Les presses du réel on the occasion of Wade Guyton's exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon (June 25–September 25, 2016), and at MAMCO, Geneva (October 12, 2016–January 29, 2017).
Graphic design: Wade Guyton & Zach Steinman.
Bilingual: English / French
Hardcover, 17 x 24 cm, 240 pages, colour illustrations