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Jacolby Satterwhite

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, and in 2016 he received the United States Artist: Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellowship. Recently, his work has show at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2021); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2021); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2021); Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, PA (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2019); and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN (2019). His work has also been included in exhibitions at many prestigious institutions, including the Bronx Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, TX; Serralves Museum, Porta, Portugal; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Fowler Art Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Satterwhite’s work is included in public collections at the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Artworks

Jacolby Satterwhite
Ice in My Belly, 2021
Oil on panel
48 inches diameter
(121.9 cm diameter)
Courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Blessed Avenue, 2018
3D animation and sound
19 minutes and 19 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Entertainment Center, 2018
Wood, latex paint, mixed media items, and video
62 x 72 x 9 inches
(157.5 x 183 x 23 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Blessed Avenue Factory 6, 2018
C-print in artist’s frame
48 x 72 x 3 inches
(122 x 183 x 8 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
En Plein Air: Abduction I, 2014
C-print in artist’s frame
84 x 60 x 3 inches
(213.5 x 152.5 x 8 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
How lovly is me being as I am, 2014
Neon
25 x 96 inches
(61 x 244 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Metonym III (Gold), 2014
Nylon, enamel, and artist’s pedestal
Sculpture: 21.5 x 8.5 x 7 inches; Pedestal: 40 x 18 x 18 inches
(Sculpture: 54.5 x 21.5 x 18 cm; Pedestal: 101.5 x 46 x 46 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Blessed Avenue Factory Five, 2018
Wallpaper
Dimensions variable
Image ©Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite
Reifying Desire 3 Appendix, 2012
Six silkscreens on archival paper and six photos in artist’s frames
50.25 x 52.75 x 1.25 inches, overall
(127.5 x 134 x 3 cm, overall)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Jacolby Satterwhite
Orifice I, 2010-12
Hand-sewn bodysuit, hand-beaded helmet, iPad, two iPods, speaker, and mannequin
84 x 38 x 24 inches
(213.5 x 96.5 x 61 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Selected Press

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THE BROOKLYN RAIL

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ARTNET NEWS

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ARTNEWS

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BROOKLYN MAGAZINE

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

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HYPERALLERGIC

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

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HARPER'S BAZAAR

JACOLBY SATTERWHITE and Cauleen Smith

ART NEWS

Jacolby Satterwhite

Art in America

Eric N. Mack and Jacolby Satterwhite

THE NEW YORK TIMES

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The Art Newspaper

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FRIEZE

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The New York Times

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i-D Magazine

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Numéro

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The New York Times

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ARTNET NEWS

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COOL HUNTING

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VOGUE

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DAZED

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FRIEZE MAGAZINE

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INTERVIEW MAGAZINE

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THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE

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OBSERVER

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ARTNEWS

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HYPERALLERGIC

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ARTNET NEWS

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ARTNET NEWS

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PAPER

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THE FADER

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

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ARTFORUM

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ARTNEWS

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Dazed

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ArtnetNews

Gallery News

The New York Times

Gallery News

ARTNET NEWS

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Artsy

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Terence Koh and Jacolby Satterwhite

ARTNET NEWS

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GALERIE

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ART IN AMERICA

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Art Basel

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HYPERALLERGIC

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ARTFORUM

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The New York Times

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FRIEZE MAGAZINE

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THE BROOKLYN RAIL

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ARTNET NEWS

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The New Yorker

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Garage Magazine

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Out Magazine

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Cultured Magazine

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Frieze Magazine

Jacolby Satterwhite and David Benjamin Sherry

LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE

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Out Magazine

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i-D Magazine