by Melissa Faithful

Chad Wys is an Illinois based mixed media artist that works with historical and classic themes. Reimagining old paintings and sculptures, Wys gives these works of art a piece of his own mind. Some of them need a little color in their life, while others a yellow tape that reads CAUTION, but all of these pop makeovers give these works a fresh look.

With this experiment the artist hopes to blur the boundaries between the material and the digital. “My readymade works frequently deal with the re-contextualization of decorative art objects. By retooling the object and then re-presenting it for the viewer I intend to elaborate on the conversation that takes place between the observer and the reproduction in its “initial” state. Through the reclamation and manipulation of these objects I mean to acknowledge, to underscore, that our possessions can, and often do, manipulate us. In so many innumerable ways the bric-a-brac of our lives becomes a unit of measure of our own worth—I wish to subvert and to question this measure. I enjoy infiltrating this territory of being and I revel in pointing to the superficial and the wonderfully imperfect character traits in all of us,” he writes on his website.

Becoming-Wonderful-Forever---rocks-and-minerals-on-found-ceramic---2014---6-x-4,5-x-3---014 Thomas-Cole's-Oxbow-With-12-Piles-Of-Silver-Glitter---glitter-on-found-print---2010---5,25-x-7,75---002 Constable-I---paint-on-found-canvas-and-frame---2010---16-x-21-x-1,5---003 Thrift-Store-Landscape-With-An-X---paint-on-found-canvas-and-frame---2010---21,75-x-27,25-x-1,5---012 Constable-II---paint-on-found-canvas-and-frame---2010---16,5-x-19-x-1,5---003 View-Of-Delft---collage-on-found-print---2010---6-x-7,25---003 Know-Your-Color-Charts--Winter,-Spring,-Summer,-Autumn-(Four-Panels)-(4)---paint-store-color-samples-on-found-prints---2010---each-panel-13-x-16-x-1---001 Inherit-The-Earth---mixed-media---2013---5,25-x-4-x-2,5---014 Landscape-With-Robins-And-Bars---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2010---9-x-7-x-1,25---002 jquery Know-Your-Color-Charts--Winter,-Spring,-Summer,-Autumn-(Four-Panels)-(3)---paint-store-color-samples-on-found-prints---2010---each-panel-13-x-16-x-1---000 Raphael-Deleted-3---paint-on-found-print---2010---8,75-x-6,25---002 Know-Your-Color-Charts--Winter,-Spring,-Summer,-Autumn-(Four-Panels)-(2)---paint-store-color-samples-on-found-prints---2010---each-panel-13-x-16-x-1---002 Van-Ruisdael-Landscape-With-Bars---collage-on-found-print---2010---6,25---7,75---004 Charred-Thrift-Store-Picture-With-Grayscale---collage-on-melted-picture-and-frame---2010---13,25-x-11,25-x-0,5---002 Know-Your-Color-Charts--Winter,-Spring,-Summer,-Autumn-(Four-Panels)-(1)---paint-store-color-samples-on-found-prints---2010---each-panel-13-x-16-x-1---002 Fragile---marker-on-found-ceramic---2013---12-x-4-x-3,5---007 Sculptures-of-a-Boy-and-Girl-With-Paint-Tests-(Diptych)-1-and-2---paint-on-found-ceramic---2014---11-x-4-x-3---003 A-Poussin-Landscape---paint-on-found-print---2010---4,5-x-6---002 A-Grecian-Bust-With-Color-Tests---paint-on-found-sculpture---2013---7-x-3-x-2,5---008 Portrait-Of-A-Woman-With-Deletions---paint-on-found-print---2010---8,75-x-6,25---002 Glitter-Boy,-Glitter-Girl-(Two-Pieces)-(1)---glitter-on-found-ceramics---2010---both-statuettes--6-x-2,5-x-1,75---004 Victorian-Couple-Deleted---paint-on-found-porcelain---2010---7-x-5,5-x-2,5---005 main010 Embrace-(1)---nails-and-paint-on-found-ceramic---2010---6-x-4-x3---004 Figurine-of-A-Peasant-With-Paint-Pour---paint-on-found-ceramic---2010---13,25-x-5,75-x-3,75---005 Ecstasy---glitter-on-found-print---2010---8-x-5,25---003 Danube-Landscape---mixed-media-collage-on-found-print---2010---9,5-x-6,5---002 Flea-Market-Landscape-With-Bars---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---26,5-x-16,5-x-1---006 Admiration---glitter-on-found-print---2010---7-x-4,75---002 Thrift-Store-Portrait-of-a-Boy-With-Stripes---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---26-x-22-x-1,5---012 Calibrating-A-Thrift-Store-Landscape---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2014---26,26-x-38,25-x-1,5---011 Garage-Sale-Picture-of-an-English-Officer---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---35,5-x-29,5-x-1,75-009 Fisherfolk-With-A-Paint-Test---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2014---23,25-x-27,25-x-1,5---007 Portrait-Of-A-Negress-With-Bars---collage-on-found-print---2010---4,25-x-3,5---002 Mother-And-Child-Bisected---spray-paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---8-x-5,5-x-0,75---004 Napoleon-Deleted---glitter-on-found-print---2010---4,5-x-4---002 Shrouded-Portrat-Of-A-Woman---collage-on-found-print---2010---4,25-x-3,25---002 Thrift-Store-Landscape-With-Large-Bars---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---28-x-23,5-x-1,5---007 Fragonard-With-Halos---collage-on-found-print---2010---7,25-x-5,75---002 Melting-Italian-Masters-(Diptych)-(2)---paint-on-found-prints-and-frames---2010---both-panels-17,25-x-9,25-x-1,25---002 Melting-Italian-Masters-(Diptych)-(1)---paint-on-found-prints-and-frames---2010---both-panels-17,25-x-9,25-x-1,25---002 An-Alpine-Landscape-With-Color-Bars---paint-on-found-painting-and-frame---2014---15,75-x-19,75-x-1---009 Henry-VIII-With-Bars---collage-on-found-print---2010---4,5-x-3,75---002 Portraits-With-Color-Grids-(Diptych)-1---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---5,75-x-5-x-0,75---002 A-Pair-of-Faces-(Diptych)-1---spray-paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---7-x-6-x-1---006 Sight-Line---spray-paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---9,5-x-8-x-1---010 The-Girl-With-Stars-In-Her-Eyes-(white)---paint-on-found-bust---2014---15-x-8-x-5---016 Raphael-Deleted-2---paint-on-found-print---2010---8,75-x-6,25---002 A-Pair-of-Faces-(Diptych)-2---spray-paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---7-x-6-x-1---006 Girl's-Got-a-Point---nails,-glue,-and-glitter-on-found-ceramic---2014---7-x-5-x-3---012 The-Transmogrification-of-Henry---nails-on-found-ceramic---2013---10-x-4,5-x-4,5---007 A-History-Of-Native-American-Art---paint-on-found-print---2010---11-x-8,5---002 Portraits-With-Color-Grids-(Diptych)-2---paint-on-found-print-and-frame---2013---5,75-x-5-x-0,75---004 sdk Man-With-A-Turban---paint-on-found-print---2010---8,75-x-6,25---002 Raphael-Deleted-4---paint-on-found-print---2010---8,75-x-6,25---002 Bust-of-a-Weeping-Man---paint-on-found-ceramic---2013---12-x-7-x-5---007 Mother,-Will-I-Now-Disappear---crystals-and-minerals-on-found-ceramic---2014---6,5-x-3-x-3---004 Caution-Goya---mixed-media-on-found-print-and-frame---2010---21-x-25,5-x-1,5---003 Bust-of-a-Boy-With-Stripes---paint-on-found-ceramic---2013---9-x-5,5-x-4---005

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