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Devoid of color, the element of fire is reduced to what generally is left after the fire burns-dark smudged greys. Guyton toys with the viewer of this image. Mixing the power of fire with the fragile nature of paper, Guyton takes it one step further by containing the spread of the fire with the paper’s edge. Reminding us of the juxtaposition of check and balances.
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A post-conceptual contemporary artist, Wade Guyton (American, b. 1972) is known for his monochromatic inkjet-printed paintings. Depicting abstract shapes, lines, and letterforms, Guyton purposefully misuses his printing tools to create smears and errors in his final works. Though formal in composition, these errors comment on issues of digital reproduction and mirror the misprinted photos and blurred images that plague our technologically-driven society. Guyton’s work can be found within the collections of MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, and has been exhibited at the Museum Brandhorst, Kunsthalle Zurich, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.