New York

Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, 2018, disco balls, lights, potted plants, HD video (color, sound, 19 minutes 19 seconds). Installation view.

Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, 2018, disco balls, lights, potted plants, HD video (color, sound, 19 minutes 19 seconds). Installation view.

Jacolby Satterwhite

Pioneer Works

Jacolby Satterwhite’s kaleidoscopically immoderate show at Pioneer Works was built from a million little things that ultimately boiled down to a couple of big things. The exhibition was a trippy two-way cathexis, its parallel rituals of memorialization and individuation routed through an exuberant array of artistic strategies. Though “You’re at home,” as the extravaganza was called, was physically set within the vast expanse of this Brooklyn space, it felt everywhere and nowhere, at once brimmingly available and elusively decentered. Much of this effect was due to the nature of the project, which, like a good deal of the inventive, versatile artist’s work, drew on a subject that was itself both present and absent: Satterwhite’s late mother, Patricia. A schizophrenic who was frequently institutionalized, Patricia had the soul of a maker, writing songs that she sang a cappella into a cassette

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