"The Story of a Stolen Kiss"
Jacolby Satterwhite
Passage, 2013

silkscreen print
28 x 18in
Edition of 20
Courtesy of the artist

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Jacolby Satterwhite’s video works bring together 3-D animation, drawings, and live performance to construct utopian digital worlds. Within this uncharted digital architecture, Satterwhite explores personal history, identity and memory. Satterwhite often incorporates personal sources such as his mother’s drawings, which he hand-traces and imports into 3D animation programs to build lush, computer-generated landscapes. Into these digital realms he inserts multiple elaborately costumed avatars, whose kinetic gestures compose a sensual physical choreography. Fusing pop culture, subculture, and art history in his video work and performance, Satterwhite creates visually dazzling tableaux that reflect the changing spatial and bodily anxieties and desires of the digital world. Satterwhite’s computer-generated realms densely layered with proliferating drawings, objects and performances encompass animated narratives of personal memory and identity.

He has exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx AIM Biennial, New Frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival, and is represented by OHWOW Gallery in Los Angeles. He has an MFA from University of Pennsylvania, has studied at Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture and Maryland Institute College of Arts, and has received awards and residencies from Louis Comfort Tifanny Grant, Art Matters, Headlands, Center for Arts, LMCC Workspace, and Provincetown Fine Arts Works Center, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem.