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Untitled

2008

  • Medium

    Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen

  • Dimensions

    84 x 69 x 1 5/8 in. (213.36 x 175.26 x 4.13 cm)

  • Credit

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
    Gift of Maurice and Paul Marciano

  • Accession number

    2011.18

  • Object label

    ​Wade Guyton made this painting by using an everyday commercial inkjet printer and the Photoshop computer program to produce an image of a solid black rectangle on linen. Because the printer bed is only half as wide as the painting, Guyton had to fold the cloth lengthwise and print each side separately, hence the vertical crease. Because the printer is designed for paper, not fabric, Guyton had to coax the canvas through it, hence the breaks and striations in the black rectangle, reflecting printer jams. The artist’s handprint in the upper left corner is another mark of the vagaries of the process. In these ways, Untitled explores how different kinds of visual information, such as the digital image of a black rectangle, are processed by different kinds of technology, such as an inkjet printer, and realized in the material world, such as on canvas.