Petra Cortright

American, b. 1986

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Petra Cortright

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American, b. 1986

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Biography

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; 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.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 3 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
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Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon
Biography

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; 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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Biennale de Lyon
Articles Featuring Petra Cortright
5 Shows by Emerging Artists You Can See Online
Mar 31st, 2020
5 Shows by Emerging Artists You Can See Online
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Apr 16th, 2019
Get Lost in the Strange, Dizzying Websites of These Contemporary Artists
6 Painting Techniques That Don’t Involve a Brush
Sep 29th, 2016
6 Painting Techniques That Don’t Involve a Brush
Petra Cortright Is the Monet of the 21st Century
May 13th, 2016
Petra Cortright Is the Monet of the 21st Century
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