Known for her video works available on YouTube and in galleries, and for her leading role in the creation of “Net art,” Los Angeles-based artist Petra Cortright (born 1986) experiments with the imagery of physical bodies in digital spaces, exploiting the main formal properties of video software. Her videos have at times proved controversial (such as her works with strippers in VirtuaGirl), at times heralded and lauded.
Cortright is also known for her paintings created with digital software, mixing concrete and abstract elements and printed on a wide variety of material. Such works are the product of an experimentation with Photoshop layers on a so-called “mother file,” enriched with the use of digital tools and then manipulated through industrial printing techniques.
This first monograph on her work includes writings on Cortright by fellow artists Martine Syms and Paul Chan, and by MoMA curatorial assistant Giampaolo Bianconi.