Petra Cortright’s core practice is the creation and distribution of digital files, whether they be videos, GIFs, or jpegs, using consumer or corporate software and platforms. She has become renowned for making self-portrait videos that use her computer’s webcam and default effects tools, which she then uploaded to YouTube.

Cortright’s paintings on aluminum 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.

Petra Cortright (Santa Barbara, CA, 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She has studied fine art at Parsons The School of Design, New York, NY (2008) and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004).

Selected exhibitions include: the “4th Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art,” Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region, Russia; “RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME,” City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (solo) (both 2017); "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; "Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations,” Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, CA (both 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; "NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA,” Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (solo) (all 2015); "Art Post-Internet,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China (2014); Frieze Film, Frieze London, UK; and the 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013.)



Selected Bibliography

Sterling, Bruce. “The Ephemera Mine.” RHIZOME, 1 Mar. 2018. Web.

“Goings On About Town: Petra Cortright.” The New Yorker. 2 Oct. 2017: 6.

Cascone, Sarah. "Here Is Every Single New York Gallery Show That You Need to (Somehow) See This September." Artnet. 7 Sept. 2017. Web.

Lesser, Casey and Scott Indrisek. "The 15 New York Shows You Need to See This September." Artsy Magazine. 30 Aug. 2017. Web.

Mindlin, Valerie. “Petra Cortright”, Artforum. Oct. 2016. Web.

Jansen, Charlotte. “Petra Cortright Is the Monet of the 21st Century”. Artsy. 13 May 2016. Web.

Goulder, Iona. “Petra Cortright on the Gentrification of the Internet.” Amuse. 4 April 2016. Web.

McGarry, Kevin. "Petra Cortright's Desktop Dolls." New York Times Style Magazine. 9 July 2015: Web.

Zhong, Fan. "Art 2.0." W Magazine. May 2015. Print.

Ding, Chinnie. "Petra Cortright." Artforum picks. 20 Feb. 2015. Web.

Wyma, Chloe. "Offline: The Inscrutable Cheeriness of Petra Cortright." ARTinfo. 12 Feb. 2015. Web.

Horn. Dottir. "All the Things She Said." aqnb. 29 Oct. 2014. Web.

Cortright, Petra. “In Conversation: Petra Cortright with Courtney Malick.” SFAQ Issue 16. May-July 2014: 66–71.

Milliken, Mary. “For World Cup, the beautiful game plays out on museum walls.” Reuters. 29 Jan. 2014. Web.

Williams, Maxwell. “On View | For Petra Cortright, the Web Is the Ultimate Canvas.” The New York Times Style Magazine. 8 Nov. 2013 Web.

Schildhause, Chloe. "Petra Cortright, A Demonstration in Artistic Onus." Flaunt Magazine. 25 Oct. 2013.

Urguhart, Robert. “The Passion Of Petra Cortright.” the creators project. 22 Oct. 2013. Web.

Ugelvig, Jeppe. “Frieze London | Interview with Petra Cortright.” Dis Magazine. 22 Oct. 2013. Web.

Sifferlin, Alexandra. “Digital Art Clicks on the Auction Block.” TIME. 21 Oct. 2013.

Maloney, Jennifer. “Auction House Enters the Digital Age.” The Wall Street Journal. 23 Sept. 2013.Web.

Thompson, Clive. “ Vision Quest | Doug Aitkens tech-fueled, all-night, glow-in-the-dark, cross-country, pop-art train ride.” Wired. Aug. 2013 Web.

Sterling, Bruce. “Data Mine: Bruce Sterling on Petra Cortright’s HELL_TREE, 2012.” Artforum 50th Anniversary Issue. Sept. 2012 Web.

Glover, Ian. “Artist Profie: Petra Cortright.” Rhizome. 7 Sept. 2011. Web.

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