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THE FUTURE OF ART: JACOLBY SATTERWHITE
Jacolby Satterwhite refuses to be categorised by the art world. He defies the industry’s beloved -isms by digitising his performance art into otherworldly 3D animations. Addressing complex issues on the subjects of sex, consumption and mental health, the South Carolina-born digital artist has mapped his ambitious digi-art, as well as simulations of himself voguing and performing martial arts, everywhere from the Whitney to the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. Though the work draws deeply from personal narrative –
“the good, bad, ugly and the traumatic” – there is a universal quality to his psychedelic ’scapes, where he presents images that ref lect the pleasures and poisons of capitalism. Satterwhite irreverently plays with dualisms in his work, explaining that, “to understand how wild, comedic and problematic some things are you have to compose them in binary opposition”. In doing so, his boundless, multi-platform art becomes the most modern of projects, existing here, there and everywhere.