Artist Wade Guyton is represented by the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in Chelsea, even though when he was younger he preferred video games to art classes. Guyton’s work space is on the edge of Chinatown, where the room is filled with Macs and a massive Epson printer, the Stylus Pro 11880 inkjet. Guyton has been a key innovator in a new art movement that considers art through the lens of 21st century technology. According to the New York Times, Guyton’s artwork is in high demand and some of his work is already displayed in places like the Museum of Modern Art in NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Guyton’s art is the centerpiece at the Whitney Museum of American Art in a survey called, “Wade Guyton OS.” The OS in this case stands for operating system.
Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney curator for the show, said, “Wade speaks to the way images travel across our visual culture — on our computers and iPhones, televisions and books. He has figured out a way to make work that deals with technology but doesn’t feel tricky or techie, rather it’s intuitive. It’s abstract on one hand and Pop on the other.”
Guyton first moved to NY in 1995 and went to college at Hunter after being rejected twice by the Whitney Independent Study Program. His first job was at St. Mark’s Bookshop and then he eventually became a guard at the Dia Art Foundation in Chelsea. Dia closed its Chelsea location in 2004, and eventually Guyton found his way to computer-generated art. Guyton said, “I would drag Web pages over other printed materials,” he explained. “What I realized is that Microsoft Word has a structure to it. It has a language and margins. It has functions and a default size and a default color, which is black. And all those presets I decided to use as the structure for making drawings.”