David Hytone constructs his work from hundreds, sometimes thousands of individual pieces of hand-painted paper. In his presentation, “Tables of Content: Studio Process and Paths of Inquiry” the artist will describe how his complex studio process channels his inquiries, implicitly informing the thematic thrust of the work rather than conveying pre-established ideas.
Approaches in the studio involve several “off-canvas” processes: glass-plate dry paint transfer, crude monoprint techniques, and the creation of myriad types of painted paper stock. These techniques often rely upon activities of transference and obfuscation, resulting in imagery that’s compromised or incomplete. “I am not seeking to illustrate that which intrigues me, only to reveal my rather absurd path of inquiry,” he writes. “When I enter the studio, I try not to begin with an idea as much as I endeavor to arrive at one.”
A finalist for the 2018 Neddy Award in Painting, Hytone has been featured in Modern Painters, among other publications. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including shows in Brussels and Ghent (Belgium), New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland, Sun Valley, and Des Moines, Iowa, his birthplace. Hytone’s work belongs to numerous private and corporate collections including Microsoft, Facebook, Capital One, Swedish hospitals, Hilton, and the permanent collection of King County, WA. Hytone received his B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design after studying briefly at the Osaka University of Arts in Japan.