Bridal Shower, 2013
sound: Nightcore Girl
courtesy Steve Turner Contemporary, LA
Los Angeles-based artist PETRA CORTRIGHT was one of five artists selected to create a work this year for Frieze Film, and thus also to benefit from a production residency at EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).
I never had a residency or a studio before. It was really insane nice. The studio was massive and soundproof. I was blasting music at 4am ungodly loud and nobody could hear. I had 24/7 access. This place is stupid for technology. You can have anything you want! I requested nothing. They have never had someone who requested nothing. They got so nervous because I just showed up with my Thinkpad and a webcam and was like, oh I’m good, thanks. They were like, don’t you need some fucking shit or something? - PETRA CORTRIGHT in conversation with MARINA GALPERINA for animal new york
Produced in August 2013 during her residency, PETRA CORTRIGHT‘s Bridal Shower is a self-portrait video where everything is done at once: it is filmed on a webcam and the directing, the editing and the post-production are all happening at once. Like for her previous works, the video – which has a mesmerizing low-resolution aesthetic thanks to animation effects and filters – raises questions about the nature of performance, the experience of watching and how digital networks have not only transformed our societal structure, but also how they have re-shaped our internal selves. This work has been shown at Frieze London and broadcast on Channel 4 television.
Good news: ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘ PETRA‘s new solo exhibition opens at Steve Turner Contemporary gallery, Los Angeles on Saturday, November 9th and will feature two new videos created during her summer residency.
Center Jenny, 2013
USA, 2013, 53 minutes 15 seconds, HD video
by RYAN TRECARTIN in collaboration with LIZZIE FITCH
The latest video work by artist and filmmaker RYAN TRECARTIN, entitled Center Jenny, focuses on the life of Jenny who has, according to many of the other characters, become too “left-of-center” while pursuing her interests. As for his previous videos, RYAN TRECARTIN (always in collaboration with LIZZIE FITCH) works with references to mass-culture and consumerism, a panoply of characters and settings drawn from media culture, super-saturated colours, exaggerated dialogues and hallucinatory sound design. Both repelling and riveting, Center Jenny reflects the recurrent disturbing, grotesque and unsettling strain in TRECARTIN‘s imagery.
Needless to say I do like him, may be because there is room in his videos and installations for everything (painting, technology, language, music, movement, lousy, flowing pictures, poetry, commotion, premonition of death, sex and friendliness) – like in a compact handbag.
The characters are constantly negotiating ideas that I conceive of as architectures: their reality as an architecture, their being as an architecture. The space surrounding these structures is speech; reciprocally, articulation creates space. So, the characters are in the space of speech. Space is a translation of language, of information. Characters are always declaring things to explore and define where they are situated, to find out if they’re participating in the same architecture; to find out if they’re collaborating or not. – RYAN TRECARTIN in conversation with KATIE KITAMURA/HARI KUNZRU for Frieze
➝ Center Jenny is currently on view – as part of the immersive installation, as yet untitled, - at the 55th Venice Biennale which is running through Sunday, 24 November, 2013.
light from the series Illusion (2013) by PIEKE BERGMANS
exhibited in the Pomphuis in Eindhoven
image © wfw