PETRA CORTRIGHT

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ABOUT

Petra Cortright (b. 1986, Santa Barbara, CA) is a contemporary artist whose multifaceted artistic practice stems from creating and manipulating digital files. Cortright’s digitally-conceived artworks physically exist in many forms - printed onto archival surfaces, projected onto existing architecture, or mechanically carved from stone.

 

A notable member of what became known at the ‘Post Internet’ art movement of the mid-to-late-2000s with her YouTube videos and online exhibitions, Cortright later began to laboriously craft digital paintings by creating layer upon layer of manipulated images in Photoshop - which she then rendered onto materials such as aluminum, linen, paper, and acrylic sheets.

 

In addition to her 2D work, in 2018 Cortright premiered a new body of sculptural work in marble. As with her paintings, Cortright's sculptures are intended to capture and represent a digital moment - in this case a digital brush stroke - that is translated into a three-dimensional object via industrial fabrication techniques.

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Cortright’s role as artist is an amalgam of painter, graphic designer, editor, and producer; culminating in a singular artistic reflection of contemporary visual culture that can exist on a smartphone screen, a Times Square billboard, and anything in between.

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WORKS

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

PRESS

MARCH 2021      

AUGUST 2020

APRIL 2020

JULY 2019

FEBRUARY 2018

DECEMBER 2017

FEBRUARY 2015

Interview with Petra Cortright

An Interview with Petra Cortright 

Petra Cortright on self-isolation, Zoom mania, and her early webcam works

Joy of Missing Out: Petra Cortright

Petra Cortright turns camgirling into feminist art 

Petra Cortright, Digital Master 

Petra Cortright on selfies and the feminist question