Artist: Jacolby Satterwhite
Venue: Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Exhibition Title: We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other
Date: September 24 – October 31, 2020
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Images courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Jacolby Satterwhite, We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other. This exhibition, which marks the artist’s first show with the gallery, will include a new, large-scale virtual reality installation as well as new works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography, neon and mixed-medium installation.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is the debut of Satterwhite’s most recent immersive, virtual reality video installation, We Are In Hell When We Hurt Each Other. In the video, after which the exhibition takes its title, the current events of our present reality permeate Satterwhite’s quasi-utopic universe. This virtual world is rooted in the expression of Satterwhite’s body movements, which are modeled and transcribed through digital bodysuits into animated fembot form. Within the survival model and alternative reality motif of video games, the performative gestures of Satterwhite’s genderambiguous fembots carve out a space of resilient, afro-futurist self-expression.
For over a decade, Satterwhite has used 3D animation, sculpture, performance, painting and photography to create fantastical, labyrinthine universes. Exploring the themes of public space, the body, ritual and allegory, Satterwhite draws from myriad references including Italian Baroque painting, ‘90s video games, Modernism and artworks by his mother Patricia. Patricia’s drawings and recordings have had a significant influence on Satterwhite’s work, serving as a foundation for his otherworldly works. In 2019, Satterwhite released an LP with artist Nick Weiss, Love Will Find a Way Home, in which recordings by Patricia were overlaid onto dance tracks.
Jacolby Satterwhite was born in 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Satterwhite’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions both in the United States and in Europe, including most recently at Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Pioneer Works, New York (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Public Art Fund, New York (2017); San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017). He was awarded the United States Artist Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellowship in 2016. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. In 2019, Satterwhite collaborated with Solange Knowles on her visual album, “When I Get Home.”