new-york

Wade Guyton

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Smart and smart-looking, Wade Guyton’s new prints/paintings, all from 2007, evoke a lot of history while appearing bracingly current—in fact they could only have been made today, with today’s technology. A virtuoso of the ink-jet the way Pollock was a virtuoso of the pour, Guyton made these works on canvas with an Epson printer. A number of contemporary artists have experimented with using computers to make traditional-painting-like objects; essentially giving up the images and image traces that informed earlier work made by the same method, Guyton’s present solution is elementally simple and gives his works a brute power, even while the unraveling of their dark surfaces demands careful visual examination.

Most of these pictures comprise two solid, near-black slabs reaching from top to bottom of the canvas, which is divided vertically by a straight, precariously narrow white line. In

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