ARTISTS TO KNOW

 

  

Petra Cortright, swnoflaek2, webcam video, 2008

 

PETRA CORTRIGHT

Petra Cortright (born 1986) is an LA-based new-media artist. She is best known for her self-portrait videos taped on her computer's webcam. The videos are decorated with basic computer graphics on YouTube. In her show vvebcam  from 2007, Cortright recorded herself simply gazing at the computer screen, passively scrolling through different effects that were standard on the recording device, resulting in an interruption in the experience of watching. As part of the work, Cortright tagged the video with explicitly sexual language in order to attract certain types of viewers, but as a result, YouTube removed it in 2011.

  

Petra Cortright, key54G23+kick.rom, Digital painting, 3D print and UV print on mirrored acrylic, 2015

Cortright also uses Photoshop to create works that combine appropriated images and icons to construct a new sort of painting. Her pieces seem to touch on every sense, and though they seem abstract and deceptively simple, they are plainly representational of the truth of reality today.  Cortright has also recently begun to collaborate with fashion designer Stella McCartney to create a video series in which she showcases patterns designed by McCartney. 

   

Petra Cortright, buffy keepers+kick.rom, Digital painting, duraflex, UV print, stickers, mounted on acrylic, 2015

Petra studied at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her works have been shown at the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the 2010 Biennial in San Jose, California, and the 12ième Biennale d'art Contemporain de Lyon.

 

 

BERNARD PIFFARETTI

  

Bernard Piffaretti, Untitled, 2015

Bernard Piffaretti (born 1955, France), is a painter whose second solo exhibition with Cherry and Martin gallery in Los Angeles is currently on view through May 3, 2015. The exhibition includes new works from Piffaretti's Kino and Tableau en Negatif series. 

  

Bernard Piffaretti, Untitled, 2015

The title of the show, Moving Pictures, refers to both the emotional hold his paintings have on us as well as the structure of cinema that interests Piffaretti, as he sees it as a parallel to his own process. The title also refers to the motif present in his paintings: the movement of images from one side of the canvas to the other. This duplication in Piffaretti's work can be seen both as a question and as a negation; a break in the action that allows the viewer to see both sides of the canvas.

  

  Bernard Piffaretti, Untitled, 2015

 
 
SHINRO OHTAKE

Shinro Ohtake (born 1955, Japan) uses the world as his source, taking journeys, using dreams and diaries to examine the inner layers of his perceptions. Though he started out as a painter and sculptor, he eventually began creating his own found object scrapbooks he calls "street books," which are travel books filled with discarded artifacts such as tickets, tags and newspapers. 

  

Shinro Ohtake, Scrapbook #66, mixed media, 2010-2012

Ohtake is influenced by personal experiences, surrealism, and music and aims to materialize the complexities of our modern psyche. Because of the elaborate process of creating the books, each one becomes both a painted and sculptural object. 

 
 

Shinro Ohtake, Scrapbook Installation, from Venice Biennale, 2013

Ohtake has shown internationally at the Venice Biennale and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York.