Photograph by Job Piston, Styled By David Casavant.
Photograph by Job Piston, Styled By David Casavant.

Years ago, Jacolby Satterwhite, who was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, abandoned oil and canvas in favor of 3-D software and digital cameras, resulting in sexually coded, absurdist narratives featuring avatars, violence, and bodily fluids—not to mention himself, sometimes nude and often vogueing or hip-hop dancing. His latest work, En Plein Air, includes videos and photographic prints that attempt to capture the authenticity of real-life interactions. “It’s about observing my personal archive of people, places, and things, and making poetic, moving visuals from that,” says the Brooklyn-based 29-year-old, whose diverse influences range from hits by the rapper Trina to the creative output of his mother, who quieted her schizophrenia by drawing, and made home recordings of herself singing R&B and gospel. Satterwhite has also been assembling a multipart “data collage” for a commission by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which will include an hour-long film with a soundtrack of his mother’s vocals layered with beats by his friend Nick Weiss, of the electronic-pop group Teengirl Fantasy. “Connecting spaces that don’t normally converse is how I yield an honest, unpretentious form.”

Interstate 75, 2015. Courtesy of OHWOW gallery and artist.