Through performance, video, 3D animation, installation, and sculpture, Jacolby Satterwhite explores themes of memory, desire, and ritual. He is interested in process as a metanarrative: the narrative between past, present, and future, and how that process relates a broad, shared experience. Often using his mother’s drawings as a resource (she created thousands of schematics and inventions centered on consumer culture, medicine, sex, astrology, and philosophy), he propagates her two-dimensional gestures and contextualizes related themes. His visual dialogue reads something like an extraterrestrial journal, a poetic scape where there is no sense of physical place and no parameters of time. Satterwhite’s methods are radical, and the imagery surreal, yet he maintains a visual course of formalist aesthetics and composition.
Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986, Columbia, SC) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (2008), and a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). In 2013, he was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. His work has been included in exhibitions at several prestigious institutions, including the Bronx Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Recent exhibitions include: When the Stars Begin to Fall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage, Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, TX; Under the Clouds, Serralves Museum, Porta, Portugal; Radical Presence, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Disguise, at the Fowler Art Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Satterwhite’s work is included in public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; and at the Seattle Art Museum, WA.