Petra Cortright, ‘Sparkling II’, 2010, Anat Ebgi

In Sparkling II Petra walks around a cactus and tree-filled backyard, pink and green sparkles circling her body and falling from the flower petals she shakes from a tree.
Courtesy of Steve Turner Contemporary.

About Petra Cortright

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.

American, b. 1986, Santa Barbara, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

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Palm Beach,
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Los Angeles,
2015
Buenos Aires,