Thursday, March 16, 2006
Wade Guyton: Andy Warhol vs. King Tubby Inna Painta House Fire.
I'm betting that a lot of people will be checking out Charline Von Heyl's excellent show this weekend after the on-the-money review by Jerry Saltz. While you're there, don't miss Wade Guyton's show of paintings, Color, Power, and Style, in Petzel's smaller gallery next door in the old Printed Matter space.
I saw the show a couple weeks ago at a private view with the artist. Anybody whose art makes me think of of both Andy Warhol and King Tubby can count me as a fan. Guyton's paintings come to life through the abuse and misuse of color printers. He feeds linen through the machine to cover the surface with an earthy instability. I'm really comfortable with painting being done by machines. A brush is a machine. A machine can be a brush.
Andy Warhol and King Tubby? Machines make mistakes. Really, really interesting mistakes. Sometimes their errors are even beautiful. Guyton, like Tubs and Andy before him, finds the beauty therein and tweaks it for maximum impact. Guyton especially made me think of King Tubby when he talked about trying to coax the desired results out of his less-than-ideal printer. In the 70's in a studio in Jamaica this is exactly the kind of technology stretching that led to Tubby's best work. This is how the workaround becomes part of palette. And Guyton's palette is full, like an echo on fire.
Hat tip to DJ Porkchop for the RE-inspiration.