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The Next American President (white), 2020
Glass vase, tea bags, felt tuxedos and charcoal on canvas
48" x 36"
Whitehot Magazine (awaiting publication)
Search Engine Artist and Internet Imperialist Gretchen Andrew, best known for her playful hacks on major art world institutions, has unleashed a new series of work that actively reprograms the artificial intelligence underlying the global internet. These new works, referred to as “vision boards,” appear as top search results through her unique process of using the failures of the internet to make her own dreams come true.
AI is inherently backward looking and susceptible to being reprogrammed through knowledge of the internet’s structure. Gretchen exploits this, rewriting existing representations of reality with her dreams by using a search engine’s own rules and limitations against itself.
Using the internet’s inability to parse desire, she turns her own hopes for the Next American President into a manifested reality (hint: Google “The Next American President” and select images). The feminine and trivialized materials of Gretchen’s vision boards clash with the male-dominated worlds of AI, programming, and political control in the digital age.
Gretchen Andrew (born in California, 1988) is a Search Engine Artist and Internet Imperialist who programs her vision boards to manipulate the internet with art and desire. She trained in London with the artist Billy Childish from 2012-2017. In 2018 the V&A Museum released her book Search Engine Art. Gretchen’s work has recently been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Artnet News, Dazed, Hyperallergic, Artillery and The Financial Times.
The Next American President (red), 2020
Owl stickers, foam roses, "thank you" stickers, and charcoal on canvas
48" x 36"
The Next American President (blue), 2020
Wooden unicorns, party poppers, USPS stamps and charcoal on canvas
48" x 36"