Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986) uses performance, to examine memory, inside and outsider art practices, contemporary surrealism, queer phenomenology and push the tensions created during translation and inheritance of studio practice.
His recent body work “The Matriarch’s Rhapsody” utilizes his mother’s drawings and music recordings as a primary resource. His mother creates songs of desire and thousands of schematic drawings/inventions influenced by consumer culture, medicine, fashion, surrealism, math, sex, astrology, philosophy, and matrilineal concerns. The drawings are mostly of common objects and luxury products found in the domestic sphere. The Matriarch’s Rhapsody’s title stems from the action of repurposing everyday objects drawn by his mother, and queering their meaning in a performative animated narrative. His practice has it’s roots in dada, surrealist, and fluxus attitudes. He pairs down multiple drawings to create a time based narrative out of a nonsensical intersection of the text, rendered objects and dance performance. He uses process as a meta narrative; the narrative between a mother & and son’s studio practices, the narrative between past, present, and future, and the narrative between mediums.
PRESS AND LINKS
NEWS AND EXHIBITIONS
Jacolby Satterwhite had his 2nd solo “Island of Treasure2 at Mallorca Landings November-December 2013. Inclusion in the Whitney Biennial 2014.
Two man booth at Vienna Art Fair 24 – 27 september 2015, together with Luis Gispert and Stefan Lundgren Gallery / Mallorca Landings Residency.
Radical Presence ; Yerba buena center
When the stars begin to fall: ICA Boston
Serralves Museum, Under the Clouds , Porta, portugal June-September, 2015
Seattle Art Museum: Disguise JUN 18 – SEP 7 2015
Albright Knox Museum : Screen Play: Life in An Animated World June 20–September 13, 2015
America Is Hard to See : Whitney Museum of American Art
Dallas Art Museum; Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet April 10, 2015 to December 6, 2016
Queer Fantasy : OH-WOW Gallery July 11 – AUG 15, 2015
Weird Science, Marianne Boeskey Gallery July 9 – August 7, 2015
TBA multiple screenings at the New Museum in september 2015