Whitney Showcases Wade Guyton's Contemporary Flair 1

Photo: Samantha Chang

New York-based artist Wade Guyton is the subject of a mid-career survey in a groundbreaking exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Guyton, 40, uses common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer to create quirky, thought-provoking contemporary pieces that range from curious to aggressive to somber.

Wade, who was born in Indiana, literally worked his way up the New York art scene from ground zero.

Guyton’s first job after moving to NYC was as a security guard at the Dia Center for the Arts in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood. “I stood around all day guarding art,” he laughed.

Eventually, Guyton found his artistic voice, channeling his energies into over 80 artworks dating from 1999 to the present. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture, and showcases with two spectacular new canvases, stretching up to 50 feet in length.

The exhibit at the Whitney Museum continues through Jan. 13, 2013.