Here are some excerpts from Carol Vogel’s recent NY Times profile of Wade Guyton (b. 1972), whose well-deserved mid-career survey opens at the Whitney this week.
�I never really enjoyed drawing or art classes,� said Mr. Guyton
unapologetically as he described growing up in a small town in
Tennessee. �I would prefer to sit in front of the TV or play video
It�s the imperfections that result when the printer jams, or the ink is
suddenly gooey or running low that make Mr. Guyton�s canvases more
painterly. �I�m not hoping for an accident or even courting disaster,� he said.
�The works on linen are a record of their own making which at times can
include accidents in the printing or in the physical act of making them,
like when I drag a canvas across a studio floor.�The last wall of the show is where two of the giant red-and-green
striped canvases that he was creating in his studio now hang. The
largest of them � stretching 50 feet � has noticeable red smears of ink
and the illusion of folds where the stripes were printed off-register,
giving the canvas a rich, three-dimensional quality.�It would be wrong to have tried to correct these things,� Mr. Guyton
said at the Whitney as he stared at the wall just after a team of about
10 had finished installing the works. �This is a recording process as
much as a production process. And I have to live with it, smears and
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