Petra Cortright | Exhibitions

born 1986 Santa Barbara, CA
resides Los Angeles, CA

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.

Selected exhibitions include "The Body Electric,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; "Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; "Now Playing: Video 1999-2019,” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; "Hate Speech: Aggression and Imitation,” Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Austria; "Plugged-In Paintings,” SITE131, Dallas, TX; Midnight Moment, Times Square Arts, NY, “Primary Directives,” Marlborough Contemporary, London (all 2019); “I Was Raised On the Internet,” MCA Chicago, IL (2018); Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinberg, Russia; City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (both 2017); "Electronic Superhighway,” Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); "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; (all 2015); Frieze Film, London, UK; 12th Bienniale de Lyon, France (both 2013); the Venice Bienniale, Italy (2009).

Solo and Two-Person Shows


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, CAPetra Cortright and Marc Horowitz. BANK Gallery, Shanghai, China (two-person exhibition)

human sheep brain "alice in wonderland" Americana. Foxy Production, New York, NYRUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand (cat.)
RUNNING NEO-GEO GAMES UNDER MAME. Tristian Koenig, Melbourne, Australiaquack doctor violet "saltwater fish”. 1301PE, Los Angeles CA

DIE ROSE. Société, Berlin, Germany

Octopus 16: Antiques Roadshow. Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, AustraliaZero-Day Darling. Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA

NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA. Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)Ily. Foxy Production, New York, NY

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

✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘. Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY. Club Midnight, Berlin, Germany
Void Mastery / Blank Control. The Composing Rooms: The Green Room, London, UKVideo Syrup. Curated by Maggie Lee, Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY

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

It Takes Strength to be Gentle and Kind. GLORIAMARIA Gallery, Milan, Italy
Avatar 4D. Curated by JstChillin, NOMA Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Show #20: Peter Barrickman + Petra Cortright. And/ Or Gallery, Dallas, TX

Selected Group Shows

The Body Electric. Organized by Pavel S. Pyś, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Now Playing: Video 1999-2019. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZPrimary Directives. Marlborough Contemporary, London, UK
Plugged-in Paintings. SITE131, Dallas, TX
Hate Speech - Aggression and intimacy. Künstlerhaus-Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria
Midnight Moment. Times Square Arts, New York, NY

I Was Raised on the Internet. Organized by Omar Kholeif with Nina Wexelblatt and Jared Quinton. MCA Chicago, IL
Cultural Matter. LIMA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

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

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, ArgentinaIm 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,


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

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, UKMeanwhile...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

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

Banal Inferno. Curated by Benjamin Fallon, CCA: The Center of Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
December. De Joode & Kamutzki Winter Auction 2011, Berlin, GermanyLikeArtBasel. 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, 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, New Jersey
Life on the Screen. Curated by Perry Bard, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montreal, QCGraphics 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

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, 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, PolandVHS AIDS. Preteen Gallery, Hermosillo, Mexico
Multiplex. Curated by VVORK, Peer to Space Sun Galleries, Munich, Germany
Surfing Club. 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, COPlaylist. Neoncampbase, Bologna, Italy

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, NYGet Fucked. Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL
Endless Pot of Gold CD-Rs. (with Nasty Nets), Sundance International Film Festival, UT

This is a Magazine: Episode 26. (with Loshadka), Milan, ItalyThe New Easy. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

NETMARES/ NETDREAMS V 3.0. Current Gallery, Baltimore, MDYoung Curators, New Ideas. Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NYThis is a Magazine: Video Object 23. Milan, Italy
Build A Fire, Plexus Contemporary. Louisville, Kentucky, KYLizard Gear. (with Loshadka), MTAA’s OTO, Brooklyn, NY

New York Underground Film Festival. Anthology Film Archives, New York, NYB I T M A P: as good as new. Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University,

Philadelphia, PA

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, NYNasty Nets Event. Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, NY