Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10) in Performance at Jolie Laide Gallery, September 4th, 7:30pm

Jacolby Satterwhite (MFA '10) will have an upcoming performance at Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia. Many of Satterwhite’s projects derive from “matriarchal, schematic drawings” his mother created during her struggle with mental illness. Satterwhite transforms these drawings of da Vinci-esque flying machines and cakes resembling skyscrapers, along with recordings of his mother singing, into works including computer-generated fantasy worlds and full body costumes outfitted with speakers for breasts and video-monitors in the crotch. In these outlandish bodysuits, Satterwhite performs high-tempo dance routines in art spaces, nightclubs, and on the street. In Model It (2010), he performed his extraterrestrial voguing in front of Fifth Avenue retail stores (and perplexed bystanders), while haunting melodies of desire emanated from his body. “It’s kind of like performing my mother in alien drag,” he explained with a chuckle. “I’m wearing the narrative on my chest and crotch, and there’s this love song coming out of me… and now I’m walking into CVS.”

The power of Satterwhite’s practice lies in the fearlessness with which he recombines disparate material. He fully exploits the definition of “contemporary art” as one that is able to absorb multiple discourses and pop culture elements. “I’m going to make work the way I want to make it. I’m not going to be apologetic,” he told me. “We’re in the fourth dimension of postmodernism, and we have all of these languages at our disposal.” As his practice evolves to include more public performances, and even an interactive video game, he may be the one showing us the way.

Performance Date: Saturday, September 4th, 7:30pm - 11:00pm

To see more of Jacolby's work, visit http://jacolby.com/home.html

Jolie Laide Gallery
224 N. Juniper St
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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