ARTIST DƏ ˈZHO͝OR: Wade Guyton

Messing with the limits of a home-office printer.

In his early “drawings,” from around 2003, he started incorporating a desktop printer, are filled with striking black Xs over ripped-out sheets from ’60s design books and interior catalogues. 

He elongated the image on his computer and what was now printing out before him had a kind of pattern of Benday dots, reminiscent of something Roy Lichtenstein would have made had he created abstract paintings.

UNTITLED, 2008

Epson ultrachrome inkjet on linen

93 × 55 × 1 1/2 in

236.2 × 139.7 × 3.8 cm

Best known for works on paper and canvas that exploit the painterly but erratic qualities of Inkjet printers. 

Untitled, 2005

Inkjet on linen

60 × 38 in

152.4 × 96.5 cm

 

“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 games.”

Employing large-format printers on pre-primed linen intended for oil painting, Guyton generates marks—typically Xs, stripes, and flames—that are irregularly absorbed to create random variations and patterns; seams and divisions in the composition result from folding and repeatedly feeding linen into the machine. 

In a recent series of black monochromes, paintings were overprinted with a Photoshop-drawn black rectangle.