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Serpentine Gallery opens exhibition of works by Wade Guyton
Wade Guyton, Installation view, 'Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged' Serpentine Gallery, London (29 September 2017 - 4 February 2018). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: James Campbell.

LONDON.- The Serpentine presents the work of the American artist Wade Guyton, a truly 21st century painter. He uses digital technologies – iPhones, cameras, computers and consumer-grade Epson printers – as tools to create both large-scale paintings on linen and smaller compositions on paper. In his practice, Guyton explores the translations that occur between these tools, transforming three dimensions into digital information that is subsequently reproduced on surfaces and in space.

This new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, entitled Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged, presents a body of work completed in the past two years. Guyton’s choice of title bears witness to the site of both the first installation of the work, in Germany, and its place of production in downtown Manhattan. It also references Guyton’s encounter with the painting Das Pariser Atelier (1807) by the Swiss artist Hans Jakob Oeri. The studio’s potential, not just as a locus for discussion and production, but as a material in and of itself, is echoed throughout this exhibition.

Guyton’s paintings are printed on to sheets of linen that are folded in half and run, sometimes repeatedly, through large inkjet printers. Inconsistencies surface on the canvas, caused by diminishing levels of ink toner or technical glitches, distorting and disrupting the image, while intentional ‘errors’, such as streaks, creases and misalignments, occur as the fabric feeds – or is pulled – through the machine. Guyton’s works on paper are printed over pages removed from art catalogues, with the artist’s additions obscuring or revealing the original images and text.

Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged has evolved from an exhibition first shown at Munich’s Museum Brandhorst earlier this year. The works focus on three different kinds of image production: photographs taken of the artist’s studio on his camera phone, screenshots of web pages captured on the artist’s computer, and details of bitmap files. Together these track Guyton’s working environment, affirming the ‘potential to use anything as subject matter’. The Serpentine’s relationship to Guyton stretches back to the 2006 group exhibition, Uncertain States of America, when he exhibited with Kelley Walker.

The Serpentine autumn season continues with the photography of Torbjørn Rødland in The Touch That Made You at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery; the Serpentine Pavilion designed by Francis Kéré, home to the Park Nights series of live encounters; and the twelfth Serpentine Marathon – entitled GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE – which will be held at City Hall on 7 October.

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