Chad Wys, the multidisciplinary American artist, since childhood considered more valuable books dedicated to modern art rather than his favorite toys. The impressionists were his idols, and museums his arenas. This naive fascination with art and its history accompanied him throughout his adolescence, up to evolve into a full-blown vocation in adulthood. He graduated from the Illinois State University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Visual Culture, a discipline that ranges from art history to visual theory and philosophy.
While at university, he developed a passion for contemporary art, conceptualism and movements like Dadaism and minimalism, totally captivated by the post-modern thought.
Until then he started pondering the idea of art-making as a critical tool to express socio-political issues. In graduate school he developed his own visual art style and a personal visual vocabulary, suitable to share his ideas and to provoke critical reflections in the viewers, both means to finally express his complicated philosophical theories of objects, images and art itself.
When it came to define his methodology, Wys simply adapted the technique of literary citation – appropriation – to the world of the visual. He identify as stylistic and intellectual influences Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and other Dadaists, along the most recent Pictures Generation from 1980, including artists such as Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince.
Searching, displaying and adapting materials from his urban environment are the steps of his creative process while dealing with today’s culture and information, which he aims to critique.
The work of Wys revolves around the concept of “visualization”: both of images and objects, decorations and art and how the manifestations of their reproductions come to influence our everyday experiences.
“We live in the age of the Internet and digital reproductions instantly and continuously transmitted. As observers, we must be vigilant, and distinguish between aesthetics and the context, form and function, and the re-presentation of likenesses and the dissociation from referents.”- Chad Wys