Petra Cortright in Cultured Magazine's 30 under 35


In Cultured Magazine's 2018 installment of 30 under 35, artist Petra Cortright offers insights into her practice

“I try to avoid gimmicks,” she says of her exhibition strategy. “I believe work should be able to stand on its own. I’ve never made the kind of work where you need to read an essay to understand it.” When asked what she does want to conjure in her work, her instinctual response deals with integrity and beauty. “I am a sincere person who wants to make sincere work,” she says. “We are in a weird time, where everyone thinks everything has to make some kind of a commentary, and not to say that work isn’t important, but I am okay with making something that is just an escape.” (source: Cultured Magazine)

CAM WORLS: Petra Cortright at UTA Artist Space


Congratulations to Petra Cortright on the opening of CAM WORLS at UTA Artist Space. The exhibition is the first large-scale survey of the artist's video work, presenting 50 videos made from 2007-2017.

The aesthetic of Cortright’s DIY one-woman videos—in which she plays variations of the director, star, and video editor—feels intimately homemade, more akin to a patchwork quilt than an appropriative collage of raw pixels. The work is created using myriad technologies, from open-source screensaver software, green screens, virtual strippers and photoshop, to sublime CGI landscapes. It’s cut down to two-minute experiences, self-referentially ideal for internet consumption by an audience riddled with attention deficit disorders. Her distinctive digital bricolage investigates investigates an ongoing conversation about vanity, personhood, and beauty through the lens of the internet. (source: UTA Artist Space)