Petra Cortright Paintings

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Petra Cortright was born in 1986, in Santa Barbara, California, and has has resided in New York City, New York; Portland, Oregon; Toyko, Japan; and Berlin, Germany. She is a member of the, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club, and Computer Club. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Petra Cortright uses a range of mediums, both digital and analog, to explore the aesthetics and performative cultures of online consumption. She is particularly interested in video-sharing sites like Youtube: in vvebcam(2007), for example, Cortright recorded herself on a webcam passively scrolling through different effects on the recording device, while a repetitive trance beat played in the background. Despite the video reaching international viewership, Youtube removed it in 2011, due, the company said, to its excessive use of “offensive” language; Petra Cortright tagged the film with explicitly sexual language, a component which the artist considers part of the work. Espousing a rough home-video aesthetic, Cortright often records herself performing simple acts and gestures, such as kicking a football, tugging at a tree branch, or dancing around a bedroom. Her works, which frequently employ effects, filters, or computer graphics, highlight video memes and behaviors common to sites like Youtube.

Her work has made its way ‘cross the interview and o’er the international scene, including the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, Adbusters Magazine (Nov/Dec ’08 issue), the (now defunct) New York Underground Film Festival, and  her Endless Pot of Gold CD-Rs installation (Nasty Nets collaboration) piece exhibited at the 2009 Sundance International Film Festival.

Petra Cortright and her work makes the internet splash, with her work snagging brickbats and inciting plaudits. Cortright has now exhibited internationally in galleries including the New Museum and Spencer Brownstone in New York; The Sundance International Film Festival; Artnews Projects in Berlin, Germany; Preteen Gallery in Mexico City; Gloria Maria Gallery in Milan, Italy; and at the Internet Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

About her Aesthetics Petra says,

“Aesthetics come without thinking, “conceptually” is something i avoid, sincerity has greater value to me, technically trying to be better about not becoming nervous / intimidated / second guessing myself with commissioned work.”