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Petra Cortright

Platinum Blonde Black Knight

2018年10月25日 12月14日

Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. from left:<br />
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Petra Cortright<br />
cgrind *format*cheat+win98_CHILEAN MAP, 2018<br />
Digital painting on aluminium<br />
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in<br />
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Petra Cortright<br />
Death Of A Salesman_deja vu DOD-STD-2003, 2018<br />
Digital painting on aluminium<br />
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in
from left:

Petra Cortright
cgrind *format*cheat+win98_CHILEAN MAP, 2018
Digital painting on aluminium
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in

Petra Cortright
Death Of A Salesman_deja vu DOD-STD-2003, 2018
Digital painting on aluminium
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
BEARS_”bump and grind” music_Canadian bacon, 2018<br />
Digital painting on aluminium<br />
101.6 x 76.2 cm / 40 x 30 in
Petra Cortright
BEARS_”bump and grind” music_Canadian bacon, 2018
Digital painting on aluminium
101.6 x 76.2 cm / 40 x 30 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
+faith-and-the-muse +mp3_FREAK NASTY, 2018<br />
Digital painting on aluminium<br />
101.6 x 76.2 cm / 40 x 30 in
Petra Cortright
+faith-and-the-muse +mp3_FREAK NASTY, 2018
Digital painting on aluminium
101.6 x 76.2 cm / 40 x 30 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
W. B. Yeats Poetry_x-files + paranormal + ufo 256, 2018<br />
Digital painting on Belgian linen<br />
125.3 x 96.3 x 4.5 cm / 49.3 x 37.9 x 1.7 in
Petra Cortright
W. B. Yeats Poetry_x-files + paranormal + ufo 256, 2018
Digital painting on Belgian linen
125.3 x 96.3 x 4.5 cm / 49.3 x 37.9 x 1.7 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
EFFECT CIRCUIT_flora +”una de data”_generation x, 2018<br />
Digital painting on Belgian linen<br />
128 x 96 x 5.2 cm / 50.3 x 37.7 x 2 in
Petra Cortright
EFFECT CIRCUIT_flora +”una de data”_generation x, 2018
Digital painting on Belgian linen
128 x 96 x 5.2 cm / 50.3 x 37.7 x 2 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Installation view
Installation view
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight.
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
+”pentium II” +”400mhz” racconti erotici_SATAI, 2018<br />
Digital painting on Belgian linen<br />
126.5 x 97 x 5.2 cm / 49.8 x 38.1 x 2 in
Petra Cortright
+”pentium II” +”400mhz” racconti erotici_SATAI, 2018
Digital painting on Belgian linen
126.5 x 97 x 5.2 cm / 49.8 x 38.1 x 2 in
Petra Cortright: Platinum Blonde Black Knight. Petra Cortright<br />
3d voodoo_70cm In Los Angeles “aamco”, 2018<br />
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press paper<br />
123.5 x 93 x 4 cm / 48.6 x 36.6 x 1.5 in
Petra Cortright
3d voodoo_70cm In Los Angeles “aamco”, 2018
Digital painting on Sunset Hot Press paper
123.5 x 93 x 4 cm / 48.6 x 36.6 x 1.5 in

Société is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Petra Cortright. This will be Cortright’s third exhibition with the gallery. The Los Angeles-based artist first gained attention for webcam self-portrait videos altered by animated gifs that she would post to her YouTube account. In recent years, Cortright has expanded her practice to include works in painting, sculpture, and video.

Platinum Blonde Black Knight presents a new series of 17 digital paintings at Genthinerstraße 36. The works are printed on aluminum, Belgian linen, and paper. To create the paintings, Cortright works with a “mother file” comprising hundreds of layers of images, which she manipulates in extended painting sessions. Using the computer as her canvas, Cortright has created a series of luminous, frenzied floral still-lives on Photoshop, utilizing digital brushes that she has downloaded or developed herself. 

In COGNAC “Die By The Sword 2”_florida lotto results FULL QUAKE (2018), a riotous accumulation of red peonies appear against a bold blue and yellow ground. Taut, energetic brown lines and sweeping swathes of white paint lend an expressive and chaotic quality to the image. 3d voodoo_70cm In Los Angeles “aamco” (2018) strikes a more somber note, depicting a moody bouquet of drooping blooms against a mottled pastel and earth tone ground. 

The paintings in Platinum Blonde Black Knight exude elegance and harshness in equal measure. While digital images typically possess a certain flatness, Cortright masterfully manipulates light, color, and texture in her works to create an expansive sense of space. Her digital mark-making has a gestural, musical quality: diffuse translucent pools of color and looser marks are offset by staccato lines, daubs, and squiggles. 

Cortright’s recent paintings are often compared to Claude Monet for their shared use of floral motifs—one need only think of Monet’s famous proclamation “I must have flowers, always and always.” Monet and his Impressionist contemporaries often painted “wet-on-wet,” creating works that were both captured and designed to be consumed quickly. Cortright shares this investment in speed, claiming that traditional painting is too slow and that working with the computer enables her to do more complex things than with her own hands. Petra herself proclaims impatience in regards to the traditional medium; waiting for paint to dry. A need for tempo paired with impatience is reflective of a young generations consensus. 

The source material for her newest works emerge from a time-intensive process: gardening. While the layers of earlier paintings derived images found through digital dérives inspired by random search tactics, the colors and textures in the most recent body of work were sourced from digital photographs the artist took herself in her own garden. Although completely different operations, gardening and digital painting nonetheless share meditative, grounding, and even trancelike qualities. Cortright’s paintings therefore operate in the grey zone between digital and physical realms, their luminous quality informed as much by the ambient glow of the computer screen as the distinct qualities of California light.

For further information and high-resolution images please contact Alicja Ewertowska at: alicja@societeberlin.com or call +49 (0) 30 2610 328 3.