Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

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Still Moving

Petra Cortright swaps digital files for painting while retaining a sense of dynamism...

Petra Cortright‘s practice has largely evolved over the internet; the Californian artist is known for the creation and dissemination of digital files. Videos created on a home computer, recorded via webcam and featuring special effects made using basic software are what propelled Cortright to prominence, with GIFs, JPEGs and animated emoticons also popping up to doff their hats or barf over each other.

A recent gallery exhibition in New York marked something of a departure from her usual work. Called ily (an abbreviation of I Love You for the shorthand-obsessed and acutely impatient digital age), the show at Foxy Production comprised of painted works on plexiglass. While her digital files are not only based on movement — but also remain open to further manipulation further down the line — these objects are a frame frozen in time, like a still from an animation. Using many layers of pigment and texture, the ily pieces show a mixture of figurative and abstract imagery created using Photoshop and greetings card software, with recurring motifs such as blackberries and gift boxes — perhaps playing on the vocabulary of technology — seeming to fall from the top of the frame like a painterly screensaver.

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Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

FRANQUICIAS*.*, 2015
Digital painting, duraflex, UV print, acrylic paint,
vinyl stickers, mounted on acrylic
49 × 42 × 1 in. (124.46 × 106.68 × 2.54 cm.)

Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

Andro-6 greeting cards, 2015
Digital painting, duraflex, 3D print, UV print
and stickers mounted on acrylic
49 × 42 × 1 in. (124.46 × 106.68 × 2.54 cm)

Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

BUFFY_THE_VAMPIRE_SLAYERdj149du.exe, 2015
Digital painting, duraflex, UV print,
varnish, mounted on acrylic
49 × 42 × 1 in. (124.46 × 106.68 × 2.54 cm)

Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

française de kayak+cleanup, 2015
Digital painting, UV print on mirrored acrylic,
stickers, mounted on mirrored acrylic
54.5 × 47.5 × 1.25 in. (138.43 × 120.65 × 3.17 cm)

Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

let’s go+kick.rom, 2015
Digital painting, duraflex, 3D print,
UV print and stickers, mounted on acrylic
49 × 42 × 1 in. (124.46 × 106.68 × 2.54 cm)

Petra Cortright — ily at Foxy Production, New York

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