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  • Source: The New York Times
  • Date: November 04, 2014
  • Format: DIGITAL

Jacolby Satterwhite’s Kinetic Mixed-Media Creations.

The artist’s work is kaleidoscopic, weird & and totally genius

Jacolby Satterwhite in one of the many bodysuits he’s made and wears during performances;
the artist’s digital image: Satellites (feed), 2014.
Courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán, Los Angeles

Eccentricity was inevitable for Jacolby Satterwhite, who grew up in South Carolina with a mother who dreamed of “becoming a famous inventor on the Home Shopping Network,” and two “flamboyant dancer-slash-fashion-designer brothers.” The New York-based artist stood out at this spring’s Whitney Biennial with “Reifying Desire 6,” a Boschian mix of performance, digital art and painting. His first solo show in L.A. opens this month at OHWOW gallery and draws inspiration from many sources, or “archives,” as he calls them, such as drawings made by his mother, which he uses to mine his own past. In addition to photographs and sculptures, the exhibition contains the first in a new series of narrative videos called “Prelude to En Plein Air,” an homage to naturalistic painting mixed with Satterwhite’s maximalist aesthetic. “If I was the High Renaissance before,” he says, “this show is my Baroque steez.”