Petra Cortright is an American digital painter. Cortright was born on 1986 in Santa Barbara, 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). 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.
Selected exhibitions include: “The Body Electric,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (upcoming, 2019); “I Was Raised On the Internet,” MCA Chicago, IL; Nahmad Projects, London, UK (solo)(both 2018); Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinberg, Russia; 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA (solo); City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (solo)(all 2017); Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco, CA (solo)(2018 and 2016); "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Carl Kostyál, London, UK (solo)(both 2016); Foxy Production, New York, NY (solo)(2017 and 2015); 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; Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (solo)(all 2015); Société, Berlin, Germany (solo)(2016 and 2014); Frieze Film, London, UK; 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013); Preteen Gallery, Mexico DF (solo)(2011), and the Venice Bienniale, Italy (2009).
Cortright’s works are in the permanent collections of The Péréz Museum, Miami, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; MOTI, Breda, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; MCA Chicago, IL; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA; BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA, and the San Jose Museum of Art, CA.
b. 1986, Santa Monica, CA
Lives and Works in Los Angeles, CA
2008 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2004 California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
PUBLIC AND MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
MOTI, Breda, in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkley, CA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
MCA, Chicago, IL
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Booth Business School Collection, University of Chicago, IL
Péréz Museum, Miami, FL
2018 Petra Cortright. Société, Berlin, Germany (forthcoming)
PALE COIL COLD ANGEL. Nahmad Projects, London, UK
CAM WORLS. UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA
lambergani lambirgini lamborghini lambourgini. Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
Petra Cortright and Marc Horowitz. BANK Gallery, Shanghai, China (two-person exhibition)
2017 “kinder surprise” sharky baba. C O U N T Y, Palm Beach, FL
human sheep brain "alice in wonderland" Americana. Foxy Production, New York, NY
RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (cat.)
RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. Tristian Koenig, Melbourne, Australia
quack doctor violet "saltwater fish”. 1301PE, Los Angeles, CA
2016 DIE ROSE. Société, Berlin, Germany
ORANGE BLOSSOM PRINCESS FUCKING BUTTERCUP. Carl Kostyal, London, UK
Octopus 16: Antiques Roadshow. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
Zero-Day Darling. Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA
2015 NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA. Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)
Ily. Foxy Production, New York, NY
2014 PETWELT. Société, Berlin, Germany
Petra Cortright. Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden
ASMR. MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Family State of Mind. With Ed Fornieles, Gallerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France
2013 ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘. Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2012 VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY. Club Midnight, Berlin, Germany
Void Mastery / Blank Control. The Composing Rooms: The Green Room, London, UK
Video Syrup. Curated by Maggie Lee, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Beholder. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
SO WET. Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
Lesbian Kiss Episode. Planet Ummo, Project Space, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 It Takes Strength to be Gentle and Kind. GLORIAMARIA Gallery, Milan, Italy
Avatar 4D. Curated by JstChillin, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA
TITS VAGINA SEX NUDE BOOBS BRITNEY SPEARS PARIS HILTON JORDAN CAPRI -
HONEY MOON. Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 Show #20: Peter Barrickman + Petra Cortright. And/ Or Gallery, Dallas, TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 The Body Electric. Organized by Pavel S. Pyś, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (forthcoming)
2018 I Was Raised on the Internet. Organized by Omar Kholeif with Nina Wexelblatt and Jared Quinton. MCA Chicago, IL
2017 4th Ural Industrial Biennial Of Contemporary Art. Curated by João Ribas, Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region, Russia
The Coverly Set. Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY
Web 2.0. Organized by Paul Slocum and Thierry Tilquin, Senne, Brussels
2016 Shift, Stretch, Expand: Everyday Transformations. Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Chatham Square. Foxy Production, New York, NY
Electronic Superhighway. Curated by Omar Kholeif. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2015 Always-On. Curated by Steffen Köhn and Prof. Matthias Krings. Schule des Sehens, Johannes -
Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany
Full of Peril and Weirdness: Painting as Universalism. Curated by Robin Peckham and Wan Wan -
Lei. M WOODS, Beijing, China
The Metabolic Age. Curated by Chus Martinez, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Im Inneren der Stadt. Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Normal Reality. Curated by Jason Judd, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Summertime*. Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
On YouTube. Kunst und Playlists aus 10 Jahren. Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland
Still Moving. The Harold Miossi Gallery, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
PORN TO PIZZA – Domestic Clichés. Curated by Tina Sauerländer, DAM Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2014 Farm to Table. Curated by Michael Bell-Smith, Foxy Production, New York, NY
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Too Soon. Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Liquid Crystal Palace: Recent Works with Jeremy Blake. Curated by Michael Connor and Nate -
Hitchcock, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Undulation of Something Faintly Familiar. Anat Egbi, Los Angeles, CA
Art Post-Internet. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, China
Material Images. Johannes Vogt, New York, NY
Full Screen. XPO, Paris, France
You Might Be a Dog. Lab for Emerging Arts and Performance (LEAP), Berlin, Germany
E Vapor 8. Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK 2013 Casting a Wide Net. Postmasters, New York, NY Paddles On! -
Curated by Lindsey Howard, Philips, New York NY
D. ZweiDrei, Berlin, Germany
Frieze Film. Curated by Nicola Lees and Victoria Brooks, Frieze London, UK
Meanwhile…Suddenly and Then. 12th Biennale de Lyon, France Lonely Girl. Curated by Asher Penn, Martos Gallery, New York, NY
Sneakererotics: Further Material for a Theory of the Young-Girl. Curated by Robin Peckham,-
Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Art Baja Tijuana. Casa GS, Tijuana, Mexico
Things That Turn Your Brain to Mush. Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
2012 E-Vapor-8. Curated by Francesca Gavin, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
Ex-Girlfriends in the Age of Drones. Curated by Una Tittel, Naherholung Strenchen, Berlin, Germany
2011 Banal Inferno. Curated by Benjamin Fallon, CCA: The Center of Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
December. De Joode & Kamutzki Winter Auction 2011, Berlin, Germany
LikeArtBasel. Sponsored by Artspace, Organized by OKFocus, HORENSETEIN+ and Daniel -
Leyva, Curated by Ryder Ripps, Miami, FL
Notes on a New Nature. Curated by Nicholas O’Brien, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY
LAFIAC.com 2011. 38th Edition of the FIAC (Foire Internationale Contemporary Art), Paris, France
PDF. Curated by Patrick Gantert, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
Empty Orchestra. Curated by Georgie Park & Samuel Rodgers, Eastside Projects at Birmingham -
Contemporary Art Forum, Birmingham, UK
Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age. Curated by Domenico -
Quaranta, Settimana dell’Arte, Brescia, Italy Life on the Screen. Curated by Perry Bard, -
RE/Mixed Media Festival, New York, NY
La imagen transutada, arte y nuevos medios. Curated by Andy Davies, Espai Cultural Caja, Madrid, Barcelona, Spain
KEEPIN’IT REAL. Curated by Robin Juan, HungryMan Gallery, Chicago, IL
3 Screenings: Eruption. Curated by Eric Fleischauser and Jesse McLean, Backspace Collective, Peoria, IL
VIDEO VILLAGE 2011: New Media Expeditions. Curated by Noah Collier and Stephanie
Szerlip, INDEX ART CENTER, Newark, NJ
Life on the Screen. Curated by Perry Bard, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montreal, QC
Graphics Interchange Format. Curated by Paddy Johnson, Mulberry Gallery, Denison University, OH
Getting Closer. Fe Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Internet Livre. SESC Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010 BYOB LA. Gayle & Ed Roski MFA Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Sister Sister City. Curated by Lindsay Lawson, Thomas Solomon Gallery @ Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA
Domain: Webkam. Live Performance in collaboration with Rhizome.org, SJ01 Biennial, San Jose, CA
Do I Know You. Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
Today and Tomorrow’s 5th Birthday SPEED SHOW. or@nin net Internet cafe, Berlin, Germany
Made in Internet. Curated by Marcin Ramocki, ARTBOOK Festival, Krakow, Poland
VHS AIDS. Preteen Gallery, Hermosillo, Mexico
Multiplex. Curated by VVORK, Peer to Space Sun Galleries, Munich, Germany
Surfing Club. Plug.in Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Surfing Club. Espace Multimedia Gantner, Bourogne, France
MiArt Art Now! Milan Art Fair, Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Brakhage Center Symposium. Boulder, CO
Playlist. Neoncampbase, Bologna, Italy
PRETEEN GALLERY @ CIRCA LABS. Puerto Rico
2009 No Hay Banda. Reference Galllery, Richmond, VA
Funny Games. Load of Fun, Baltimore, MD
Spun 2: art light noise new video art. Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY
The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths. Rapture Heap, Liberty Corner, Dublin, Ireland
My Biennale Is Better Than Yours. Xth Biennale de Lyon, France
Screen Grab. The Nightingale Theatre, Chicago, IL
Speed Conference Call Dating. Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY
SALLYS. Atelier Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
PROMO Billboard Np3. Groningen, Holland
New Wave. The Internet Pavilion, The Venice Biennale, Italy
The New Easy. Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany
VVork Show. Munich, Germany
Treasure Room. (with Loshadka), Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY
IRL presented by iheartphotograph, (with Loshadka), Capricious space, Brooklyn, NY
Get Fucked. Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL
Endless Pot of Gold CD-Rs. (with Nasty Nets), Sundance International Film Festival, UT
2008 This is a Magazine: Episode 26. (with Loshadka), Milan, Italy
The New Easy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NETMARES/ NETDREAMS V 3.0. Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Young Curators, New Ideas. Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
This is a Magazine: Video Object 23. Milan, Italy
Build A Fire, Plexus Contemporary. Louisville, Kentucky, KY
Lizard Gear. (with Loshadka), MTAA’s OTO, Brooklyn, NY
New York Underground Film Festival. Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
B I T M A P: as good as new. Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
2007 B I T M A P: as good as new. vertexList, Brooklyn, NY
The Sims: In the Hands of Artists. Chelsea at Museum, New York, NY
Nasty Nets Event. Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, NY
2011 SPAMM (Super Art Modern Museum). Curated by Thomas Cheneseau, http://spamm.fr/ Minimize BOCA #1. BOZEAU ORTEGA CONTEMPORARY ARTS, bocagallery.biz
2010 Remember 2010? The Gallery Space, http://thegalleryspacearchive.tumblr.com/r2010
2009 Rhizome’s The Long Gallery, 7 x 7 Series, Why Wherefore. http://archive.rhizome.org: 8080/artbase/52091/Why+Wherefore/77/6rhizome.html
2008 K.I.S.S. Club Internet, www.clubinternet.org
FIRST SELECTION. Club Internet, www.clubinternet.org
Montage: Unmonumental Online. The New Museum, New York, NY
2014 Tags for Likes. Comissioned by MOCAtv, MOCA, Los Angeles, LA
2013 Bridal Shower. Commissioned by Frieze Film 2013 and EMPAC, Broadcast by Channel 4, London, UK
2011 Live from Frieze Art Fair this is LuckyPDFTV. Commissioned by Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
2017 Post-Internet & the Moving Image. 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI
2015 Anti-Vapor Waves, DINCA VQ ‘15. Curated by Andrew Rosinski, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Black Box Festival. SIFF Film Center, Seattle, WA
2015 Rhizome: Future-Proof. Joint honoree with Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited
2015 Cortright, Petra. Niki Lucy Lola Viola Los Angeles: The Depart Foundation, 2015
2012 Cortright, Petra. HELL_TREE New York: Badlands Unlimited Editions, E-book, 2012
2011 Cortright, Petra and Franklin Collao. “RED WEB INTERNET.” CAVIAR IZQUIERDA No. 4, 2011.
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