Petra Cortright’s core practice is the creation and distribution of digital and physical images using consumer or corporate softwares. She became renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer’s webcam and default effects tools, which she would then upload to YouTube and caption with spam text. Cortright’s paintings on aluminum, linen, paper, or acrylic are created in Photoshop using painting software and appropriated images, icons, and marks. The digital files are endlessly modifiable, but at a “decisive moment” they are translated into two-dimensional objects. They become finite, yet their range of motifs and marks, and their disorienting perspectives and dimensions suggest dynamic change. Cortright lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She studied Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY (2008) and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004).

Selected exhibitions include: "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); The Metabolic Age, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; "On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren,“ Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland; "Im Inneren der Stadt," Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany; Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinberg, Russia (2017); “I Was Raised On the Internet,” MCA Chicago (2018); “The Body Electric,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); "Pale Coil Cold Angel," Nahmad Projects, London (solo, 2018); 1301PE, Los Angeles; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (both solo, 2017); Carl Kostyál, London, UK (solo, 2016); Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco (solo, 2018 and 2016); Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (solo, 2015); Foxy Production, New York, NY (solo, 2017 and 2015); Société, Berlin, Germany (solo, 2014 and 2016); Frieze Film, Frieze London, UK; 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013); Preteen Gallery, Mexico DF (solo, 2011), and the Venice Bienniale (2009). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Péréz Museum (Miami), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the MOTI (Breda) in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Kadist Foundation (San Francisco), the BAMPFA (Berkeley), and the San Jose Museum of Art.

 

Please inquire for available works: info@nullevergoldprojects.com

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Exhibitions with Ever Gold [Projects]:

Petra Cortright
lambergani lambirgini lamborghini lambourgini
January 10 – March 24, 2018

Petra Cortright and Petra Collins
ALAC, Los Angeles
January 25 – 29, 2017

Petra Cortright
Zero-Day Darling
May 13 – July 16, 2016

 

 

Petra Cortright
JDHaypowreport_UN_teter@null_testosterone_prices.docx, 2016
Digital painting on anodized aluminum
72 x 47 inches

 
 

Petra Cortright
Tale of two city note “take no prisoner”, 2017
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper
48 x 94 inches


 
 

Petra Cortright
“how to” “salt water” i don’t wanna miss a thing, 2017
Digital painting on gloss paper
40 x 79 inches


 
 

Petra Cortright
*smallest soldier pics* on pennies during showfall, 2017
Digital painting on anodized aluminum
48 x 94 inches


 
 

Petra Cortright
Needacup&_nEncor@dxr24bizarre–>fisterz, 2016
Digital painting on Belgian linen
47.5 x 78.63 inches

 

 

Petra Cortright DSBfat-fuckersAZPadded”mikrofon-mikrokontrollerz”.pcXM , 2016. Digital painting on raw Belgian linen, 47 x 92 in. unique

Petra Cortright
DSBfat-fuckersAZPadded”mikrofon-mikrokontrollerz”.pcXM, 2016
Digital painting on raw Belgium linen
47 x 92 inches

 

 

Petra Cortright Kollapsed_backup[assidom]astalavista_astala-vista.bbb, 2016 Digital painting on raw Belgian linen 30.5 x 60 inches. unique

Petra Cortright
Kollapsed_backup[assidom]astalavista_astala-vista.bbb, 2016
Digital painting on raw Belgian linen
30.5 x 60 inches

 
 

Petra Cortright, deicideCHEMICAL_records.tbl, 2015. Digital painting on raw Belgian linen, 47 x 92.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Ever Gold [Projects].

Petra Cortright
deicideCHEMICAL_records.tbl, 2015
Digital painting on raw Belgian linen
47 x 92.5 inches

 

 

1872HRPR’SWKLLPHNTRPBLCNS_failsafes.SAB 2016 Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper 60 x 40 in unique

Petra Cortright
1872HRPR’SWKLLPHNTRPBLCNS_failsafes.SAB, 2016
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press Rag paper
60 x 40 inches