Gretchen Andrew

Interior

June 11 - July 2, 2016

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Press Release

That life is a trap–well, that we’ve always known. We are born without having to be, locked in a body we never chose, and destined to die. On the other hand, the wideness of the world... provide[s] constant possibility of escape.  

-Milan Kundera

I have only the experience of myself in the world. The rest I’ve gathered from the art of others. This art’s gift is to know how differently others perceive their relationship to the shapes, structures and communities we willingly, unknowingly, and despite our protests exist within. To the intellect, this is the easiest of ideas: others are outside ourselves. It is this jarring and expanding awareness of otherness that takes what--possibly just in my experience but I suspect not--is the selfish pursuit of discovery that is being an artist and gives it hope that it could be worthwhile.  

Interior is divided into two sections connected by a rope ladder. The lower, immersively painted half is composed of the unmediated intensity that is also layered behind the paintings of the upper half. Their relation is one of unsuccessful separation - our interior lives both incapable of containment and impossible to fully share.

The work in Interior asks how we exist in spaces and relationships of human construction, not the natural world of mountains and God but the one of human invention, domesticity, “home” in relationship to the associated objects of life in late capitalism: books, toast, telephones, kitchenware, lamps and the potted plants ubiquitous in contemporary painting. The resulting interior scenes prevent the figures from acting as portraits, the figure as both subjects and object, others as shapes without meaning and increasingly others with meaning but without embodiment.

“Interior” grasps at the darkly hopeful experience of being inside the trap Kundera described, with all the meaning and love and purpose and joy existing because art allows us, if only temporarily, outside of ourselves.  

-Gretchen Andrew


Gretchen Andrew (b.1988) currently lives and works in London. Andrew started painting in San Francisco after becoming convinced that the internet can teach you anything. Her practice incorporates traditional oil painting and related investigations of knowing and becoming. She has completed projects/exhibitions with The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, The V&A Museum, The British Film Institute, The Lumen Prize for Digital Art, The British Arts Council, and The White Building. Interior is Andrew's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, CA following her residency at Whitcher Projects.

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besides himself his possibilities
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


besides the bed and the wall
2016
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches


despite insomnia
2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches


difficulties greater than his illness
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


held out so long
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


however things hurt
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


no good bed
2016
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches


one told the other a lie
2016
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches


something in my dream about a cat
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


the list of reasons is long
2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches


then came a departure
2016
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches


they took away his teeth
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


vital organs
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


who was reborn rest
2016
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches


without pleasure or interest
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches


it was dark then it isn’t
2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches