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Jacolby Satterwhite’s unique mythology is made from personal, political, and cultural influences and experiences including queer theory, video games, consumerism, and desire offering simultaneous escape and celebration of carnal limitations and possibility.

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Jacolby Satterwhite builds worlds through performance, sculpture, installation, music, and animation. Set in elaborate architectures, Satterwhite’s rich visual lexicon includes dancing bodies and 3D models of his late mother’s drawings of household objects and inventions. The artist’s unique mythology is made from personal, political, and cultural influences and experiences including queer theory, video games, consumerism, and desire offering simultaneous escape and celebration of carnal limitations and possibility.

Jacolby Satterwhite is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality and digital media. He uses a range of software to produce intricately detailed animations and live action film of real and imagined worlds populated by the avatars of artists and friends. These animations serve as the stage on which the artist synthesizes the multiple disciplines that encompass his practice, namely illustration, performance, painting, sculpture, photography and writing. Satterwhite draws from an extensive set of references, guided by queer theory, modernism and video game language to challenge conventions of Western art through a personal and political lens. An equally significant influence is that of his late mother, Patricia Satterwhite, whose ethereal vocals and diagrams for visionary household products and ethereal vocals serve as the source material within a decidedly complex structure of memory and mythology.

Jacolby Satterwhite is originally from Columbia, South Carolina and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The artist earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Last year Satterwhite collaborated with Solange Knowles on her visual album, “When I Get Home.” Locations of exhibitions of his work include Pioneer Works in New York; Whitechapel Gallery in London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; New Museum in New York; San Francisco Museum of Art; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Whitney Museum of American Art are among some of the institutions that include Satterwhite’s work in their collections.

Insta – @jacolbysatt
Twitter – @JacolbyS

Virtual One-on-One Sessions

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
By Appointment

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We’ve extended our deadline to reserve the final spot for this special opportunity! The form above will remain open until the opening is filled. Selected students will be notified immediately.

Get real-life feedback on your work from accomplished contemporary artist, Jacolby Satterwhite! Students have the opportunity to share their work and gain invaluable feedback from a practicing artist. Bring finished projects or works-in-progress to this 30-minute, in-depth, one-on-one conversation, and you’ll come away with exciting new ideas, insights, and perspectives on your work. All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to make work like Jacolby to get a lot out of this opportunity. He’ll have great feedback for all interested students looking to improve their work.

Not sure if this is right for you? Have more questions? Please contact Gretchen Schaefer at gmschaefer@rmcad.edu and we’ll get you prepared for this special opportunity for artistic growth.

Next Day Q+A

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. MST

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Join us for a casual Q+A session and insightful conversation with visiting artist Jacolby Satterwhite. Take this opportunity to ask questions about his artwork, career, and get professional advice from an accomplished contemporary artist. We’ll provide the artist, you bring the curiosity. This opportunity is open to all RMCAD students, faculty, and staff.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations for this event, please contact Gretchen Marie Schaefer at gmschaefer@rmcad.edu or 303-995-8353. Requests should be made as soon as possible but no less than 5 business days prior to the scheduled event.

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