By Petra Cortright
Published by NERO
Format: 17 x 11,5 cm
Edition of 500 copies
Price: 95 lei
“Before, when I was putting the girls into these specific environments, I think part of me was trying to save them or something — taking them out of some dude’s computer and into a farmland or something. I’ve been thinking about it more, and I don’t have the right to do that; I don’t know anything about these women. Maybe they’re super happy with this career.”
(Petra Cortright speaking about her own work in an article on The NY Times Style magazine)
Niki, Lucy, Lola, Viola collects screenshots of a desktop-performance made by Petra Cortright. During the 2 hour performance (from 11:39am until 1:26pm), the artist activated a software that made “Niki”, “Lucy”, “Lola” and “Viola” and other virtual erotic dancers previously purchased online, move and dance on the screen, while she changed the desktop’s backgrounds with sampled clip art, wallpapers and imagery found online. As a result, the pages of the book look like continuous digital collages; synthetic and painterly landscapes populated by the strippers posing for the viewer.
The book accompanies the namesake exhibition by Petra Cortright curated by Paul Young, on view at the Depart Foundation, LA (9 July–12 September 2015). Cortright’s new video works and series of animated digital paintings are presented within an immersive installation environment that includes atmospheric audio components. These works self-consciously offer an infinite, virtual redundancy in their repetition and absence of real-time.
Cortright’s artworks play with the vernacular of viral internet culture by appropriating some of its most common forms. She is most well known for her webcam videos: “selfie” inspired digital portraits that are equal parts performance and documentary. These, and her current works, embody the peripatetic anxiety of a culture raised with virtual modalities of self-expression, while also humanizing the impoverishment of these digital ruins with intelligence and play.
The publication has 8 different covers.