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Opening reception: Thursday, November 15, 6–8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of works by Wade Guyton.

Guyton's new paintings are ostensibly black monochromes. Made with an Epson large format printer in the same manner as the paintings he has been producing for the last three years, these works are printed on pre-primed linen intended for oil painting and not inkjet printing. As such, the images, marks, and letters Guyton continues to employ are absorbed into the porous material and disperse the ink rather than allowing it, as in his previous works, to "sit on the surface." Upon discovering this difference in the ink's interaction with the surface, the artist began to overprint his own paintings with a Photoshop-drawn rectangle "filled" with the color black. By repetitively overprinting, an unexpected painterly process developed. As each piece is created, they transcribe a visual record of the printer's actions: the trace of movement of the print heads, the varying states of their clogged-ness, the track marks of the wheels on wet ink all mixed with the scratches and smears on the paintings from being dragged across the floor to be fed back again into the printer.

Wade Guyton was born in 1972 in Hammond, Indiana. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His work most recently appeared in a solo exhibition at Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and in Les Biennales de Lyon, Lyon, curated by Scott Rothkopf. He will have a solo exhibition at Portikus, Frankfurt in 2008. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva. Wade Guyton lives and works in New York.

The exhibition will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, November 13th and will remain on view through Saturday, December 15th. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, November 15th from 6 – 8 PM. Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 537 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please contact the gallery at, or call (212) 680-9467.