PRINT January 2015


Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air: Abduction II, 2014, digital C-print, 84 × 60".

TRINA, THE RAPPER FROM MIAMI, is also known as the Diamond Princess, and her crystalline image is everywhere, from the fan site to bottles of her namesake perfume. She is everywhere, in particular, in Jacolby Satterwhite’s new series of tableaux, “En Plein Air.” Endless iterations of her pneumatic figure populate galactic landscapes in glittery jewel tones, surrounded by renderings of other contorted, slickly muscled bodies—including that of Satterwhite himself. The bodies perch and sway on structures that resemble helicopters, subwoofers, monstrous networks of wires, splintering arks, and vast braids of hair that hover like space stations. Some of these fantastic architectures are based on design drawings made by Satterwhite’s mother, which appear throughout his work, and which he traces and manipulates in the 3-D animation software Maya to generate twisted and

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