“Internet artist” Petra Cortright creates videos recorded on her webcam, animated gifs, and digital paintings (printed onto aluminium sheets, silk, or flags), all that riff on popular internet culture. Cortright got her start on YouTube, posting videos of herself in her room doing mundane activities like scrolling through internet pages or dancing, adding in stock filters and clip art. Beyond the world of jpegs, gifs, and viral videos, Cortright has been featured in the 2009 Venice Biennale, the 2010 San José Biennial, and the 2013 Biennale de Lyon, as well as by Rhizome. In fall 2013, Frieze Film and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center co-commissioned the young artist to create four video works for Frieze London, setting her up in a studio at EMPAC for what was her first-ever residency; the resulting work, “Bridal Shower” (2013), a self-portrait of sorts that was also an experiment in production and broadcasting, aired on British television. Cortright’s recent digital paintings, which she creates in Photoshop, have been featured in auctions at Sotheby’s New York, Phillips New York, and Phillips London, at times selling for $40 thousand or more.
PULSE Miami Beach
on view at Charlie James Gallery