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Gretchen Andrew

Cover of Artforum (Bed)

2020
Charcoal, celebratory dishware, and novelty champagne bottles on canvas
152.5 x 122 cm
60.0 x 48.0 in
Unique
10.225,00 €excl. VAT & shipping

Physical artworks so powerful they hacked the art world:

Vision Boards reclaim the internet as a forward-thinking tool of possibility. The internet can be seen as a global subconscious, and, much like our own subconscious, it cannot tell the difference between a hoped-for future intensely imagined through art and what has, in fact, already occurred. This is because the internet cannot parse desire. To parse is to divide into parts and identify the parts’ relations with each other. When humans read, "Gretchen is really hoping that someday her work is on the cover of Artforum," it is understood that the relationship between Gretchen and the object of her desire to be one of separation. By contrast, the internet essentially understands only that Gretchen is “relevant” to the cover of Artforum. Now when anyone, anywhere in the world Googles COVER OF ARTFORUM her vision boards appear as top search results. Artificial Intelligence is inherently backward-looking and susceptible to being reprogrammed through knowledge of the internet’s structure. Gretchen exploits it, rewriting our sense of political possibility by using a search engine’s own rules and limitations against itself.