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Meet Gretchen Andrew

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gretchen Andrew.

Gretchen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2013, I began working in Billy Childish’s studio. He taught me how to paint and, more importantly, how to draw. Prior to that, I’d been watching YouTube videos. I arrived in Billy’s studio with a portfolio of bad work. He took a look and said, “this is really bad,” and I told him, “I know, that’s why I’m here.”

My work and the related career have tended to develop at different lurches, maybe that’s because their relationship is interwoven but not always obvious. Lately, my work has more successfully synthesized between the digital art and painting aspects of my practice.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, it hasn’t been smooth, but I’ve been lucky. I’ve found people who support me through the false starts and disappointments. Having a life’s work is a privilege, but it can be difficult to trust in the long game when I feel like time is running out, whether, for a specific project, personal goal, my time in a city, I can panic pretty fast.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I refer to my art practice of Search Engine Art as “Internet Imperialism,” through which I program my paintings to manipulate and dominate internet search results. For example, I’ll paint a friend I want to see more of in the future and then put that painting into my digitally constructed exhibition for the Frieze Los Angeles art fair.

My most recent project, “Frieze Los Angeles” is part of my new body of work, IT’S MY FUTURE… &I WANT YOU THERE. This series consists of paintings of and about places, feelings, and people I want in my future presented inside manipulated search results that make it appear as if this future has already happened — like, hacked visualization manipulation manifestations.

The paintings are visions of the future I want, the search engine art is the establishment of that vision in a publicly shared reality.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
This year I am focusing my paintings on the future I want to create personally while placing these paintings in yet-to-be-realized professional futures.

I have four projects I am currently working on:

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