Shared Boundary: Painting As Interface | Exhibition Opening | Gretchen Andrew
04 Sep - 07 Sep 2014

An exhibition of new works by INFRA_SPECTION artist Gretchen Andrew.

The White Building Residency Studio, Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN. 

PV: Thu 4 Sept, 5.00 pm – 9.00 pm 

Exhibition continues through Sat 6 Sept.

Opening Times: Friday 5 Sept , 11.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 6 Sept, 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm


In Gretchen Andrew’s end-of-residency show at The White Building the artist redefines paintings as interfaces, positioning works as shared boundaries between artist and viewer. Including Google Glass recorded videos, “painting time” stop watches, source and process material, Gretchen simultaneously displays finished paintings alongside data not commonly exposed in a painting’s interface. The effect is an investigation of how this additional data impacts the viewer’s ability to create meaning from the artwork.

Interfaces define and shape the way we use technology. A computer mouse, a touch screen, a remote control are all interfaces. An interface is a shared boundary across which two separate components exchange information. Behind these interfaces is a world we often do not understand. Interfaces make our lives easier but also obscure and alienate us from the non-neutral infrastructures that control not just our snapchats but also our water, power, and national security.

Similar to technology, paintings are also disappearing interfaces that hide much of what creates them or enables them to be. Through a process of alienation we are left to consume polished cultural objects only through its pre-sanctioned form. We move further from understanding the means by which culture is produced and our potential role in that production.

In Shared Boundary: Painting as Interface Gretchen Andrew investigates processes, platforms, information architectures, modes of display and materials that can be used to expose data related to her paintings. By extending the interface beyond the canvas, Shared Boundary opens new pathways by which we can meaningfully engage with art by making our own meanings.

A publication accompanies the exhibition, including contribution from artists and critics. A free copy of the guide is available to a limited number of Early Bird ticket holders. Further copies will be on sale on the night.

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Gretchen (Andrus) Andrew is a London based painter who recently completed a collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and was featured in the The Victoria & Albert Museum’s Digital Futures this July. Her practice and research explore how providing process information and data impact on the viewer’s relationship to the artwork.