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.



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

Factory Six, 2015
Factory Six, 2015

C-Print, Edition of 2 + 1AP 153 × 203 cm

Factory Five, 2015
Factory Five, 2015

C-Print, Edition of 2 + 1AP 135 × 203 cm

Cells, 2013
Cells, 2013

C-Print 76 × 135 cm

Factory Six, 2015
Factory Six, 2015

C-Print, Edition of 2 + 1AP 153 × 203 cm


Reifying Desire 5

Country Ball 1989-2012


Jacolby Satterwhite Dances with His Self | "New York Close Up" | Art21