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Petra 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.

 

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Solo Exhibitions

2019

LUCKY DUCK LIGHTS OUT. 1301 PE, Los Angeles, CA

 

2018

PLATINUM BLONDE BLACK KNIGHT. Société, Berlin, Germany
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

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 Netherland
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