Chad Wys

About (old)


I am an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of historical semiotics and contemporary cybernetic visual reception.


[...] In other words, I enjoy picking holes in history and getting down and dirty with what we consider beautiful.  I like asking what beauty can be, and in turn I hope to consider how objects inform us of ourselves and our volatile, shared histories. At its core, my work wants to consider how presentation, ornament, aesthetic gesture, technology, categorization, and historicism inform our sense of self and community.

As an undergrad I divided my studies between literature and art history before delving into the realm of Visual Culture as a graduate at Illinois State. The critique of images and the philosophy of art have punctuated my years, with an interdisciplinary eye toward the ways we use signs and symbols (words and images) to communicate and interpret.

My approach to creative mediums, like my approach to the concepts and ideas that challenge my understanding, are varied and experimental to the point of pastiche. The collage that happens when materials are juxtaposed, or when theories are examined through new lenses, constitutes my personal and professional passions. Craft and critique—as verbs and nouns—are themselves my tools as well as my subjects.

As an artist and a designer I seek new approaches to old challenges; to transform our cultures' baked-in comforts into laboratories for curiosity. I want to make the act of looking fun, but I also strive to make fun meaningful.



Selected press and clients


Vogue Australia

New York Times Magazine

Viking Press

Le Monde, Le Magazine

Der Spiegel

Elle Decoration



Ugo Guanda Editore

The Times, UK

Now Magazine

Telegraph Magazine

Harvard Business Review

Vice Media

Penguin Press

Rizzoli Publishing

Bavarian State Opera

Fast Company

La Monnaie Opera, Belgium

The FADER Magazine

C: California Style


House & Garden

Max Joseph Magazine