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Wade Guyton: OS at The Whitney by New American Paintings

Paper jams, leaking toner cartridges, formatting errors—there are few who haven’t been frustrated by the glitches and hiccups common to printers. But artist Wade Guyton depends upon these errors in the process of his art making. The “paintings” displayed in his mid-career survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York draw on his use of inkjet printing to create large-scale works on linen, as well as small-scale works on found magazine and book pages.

The show describes Guyton’s early experimentation with mark-making to alter his materials, but says that he quickly learned typing the marks in Word documents was much more efficient. The ‘U’s and ‘X’s that have become his most signature marks dominate the works on view. These letters take on a multitude of meanings when shown without context, gesturing towards connotations of ‘you’ the viewer, or towards the myriad uses of X in pop culture—The X-Files, XXX, Xbox, X-Men. – Nadiah Fellah, NYC Contributor

Installation view of Wade Guyton OS; photo: Ron Amstutz, courtesy The Whitney.

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