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Petra Cortright's digital paintings, a tangled web of dots and swipes

Petra Cortright's digital paintings, a tangled web of dots and swipes

Petra Cortright’s paintings wedge themselves between the celebrated history of gestural art, mostly Expressionist and abstract, and the past generation’s frantic upheaval of established visual norms generated by the emergence and now ubiquity of digital imagery.

Think of them as touch-screen paintings.

If you’ve ever done a drag-and-drop, you’ll have a general idea of the five recent paintings in Cortright’s inaugural solo exhibition at 1301PE. Digging around the Internet and using familiar computer software, she cobbles together pictures, palettes and markings into big, mostly dense and tangled compositions for printing on large sheets of rag paper and Belgian...

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