27th January - 4th March
Petra Cortright - Void Mastery / Blank Control
The Composing Rooms is pleased to present Petra Cortright in her first solo show in the UK and the inaugural exhibition of the 2012 programme: THE GREEN ROOM.
Petra Cortright creates digitally rendered paintings and internet conscious web-cam works utilising easily accessible digital elements.
Cortright’s Void Mastery / Blank Control series interferes with a preconception of painting. Upon inspecting what one may assume to be painterly brush strokes and layered paints the eye instead captures millions of pixels. Photoshop Layers and Masks are applied to found images that are disturbed and distributed throughout the work replicating movement and mixing from the traditional painters technique and palette.
By embracing new technology and digital elements such as outsourced imagery and bold colour schemes, Cortright is, as Paddy Johnson describes; “exploring what makes it special.” For Johnson, what distinguishes Cortright from traditional painters using new mediums, such as David Hockney is that “Digital drawing tools can’t replicate a handmade mark, a reality that artists like Cortright embrace. ”
In comparison, Paul Chan has described how Cortright's video works deal with “disinterest” - a symptom of mass culture’s interaction with technology, her web-cam works address “intellectual and aesthetic impoverishment, which is perhaps the truth of reality today”. Throughout her performative videos she remains disengaged with her audience whom by contrast become eerily captivated.
Dazed Digital Interview
Its Nice That
Further info, images & CV on the artists page: Petra Cortright
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