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Wade Guyton



about this work

The columns of stacked black bars in this work by Wade Guyton were printed, not by hand, but by an Epson UltraChrome Inkjet printer. In many of his works, including this one, Guyton folds swathes of canvas in half and feeds them through the printer multiple times, creating errors that show up in the final product, such as the off-center matching of the bars and the jittery white lines. The bars were created on Microsoft Word software through extremely simple means. When viewed in this expansive—almost fifty-foot long—canvas, they call to mind cell phone reception bars, film strips, stacked windows in a computer monitor, or a dense computer code. With their wobbly patterning and surface errors, however, the mechanically-produced bars are tinged with an almost human sense of fallibility and pathos.

Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008  2011.22a-h
Wade Guyton, Untitled, 2008. Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen: 84 × 587 × 1 1/2 in. (213.4 × 1491 × 3.8 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee, the Director’s Discretionary Fund, Allison and Warren B. Kanders, Andrew and Christine Hall, Donna Rosen, Pamella DeVos, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond J. Learsy, Ginevra Caltagirone, Miyoung Lee, and Gregory Miller  2011.22a-h For Teachers
Photograph by Lamay Photo