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Satch Hoyt, Artist
Satch Hoyt, born in London to a white British mother and a father of African-Jamaican ancestry, is currently living and working in Berlin.
He makes sculptures and installations accompanied with sound as well as paintings and drawings. There is a dichotomy in the genres that define two sides of the same coin: a dual and complementary reflection on the African Diaspora and its multifold consequences. The sculptural trope in Hoyt’s work addresses the facts on the ground, so to speak, of black experience, while the drawings tap into a spirit of fantasy, refuge, and transcendence—they are vehicles for an imaginative journey beyond the obduracy and oppressiveness of history. Hoyt was an accomplished professional musician/composer before embarking on a career in the visual arts. Drawing deeply on that background, the artist has made musicality and aurality a base chord of his visual practice.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: “For Love of Sugar”, St. Paul’s Cathedral/ Docklands Museum, London, UK, 2007;’Infinite Island”, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA, 2007;”Black Panther Rank and File”, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2006; ”Rundlederwelten”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2005; “Sport”, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, USA, 2005; Tate Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, U.K., 2004; “Exposition de Sculptures”, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, France, 2004; “Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, 2004; “Brown v. Board of Education”, Gallery 138, New York, 2004; “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti”, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2003 (April-July, 2004 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; September-October,
2004 Barbican Art Gallery, London, U.K.); “The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003; “Body Power/Power Play”, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 2002; “SportCult”, apexart, New York, 2001.
Satch has recorded with Grace Jones and Louise Bourgeois (in her less well known activities as spoken word poet and rapper) and is currently a member of Greg Tate’s band “Burnt Sugar” and is currently working on his own album “Griots and CyberCrooks”.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Real Art Ways(Hartford, CT, USA), Temporäre Kunsthalle (Berlin, Germany), Triple Canie Gallery (New York, USA), House of World Cultures (Berlin, Germany), The San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial
(San Juan,Puerto Rico), Real Art Ways | Public Art Program” (Hartford, CT, US), Laboratorio Way Out (Lisbon, Portugal).
2008 MAMAC (Nice, France), Today Art Museum (Beijing, China), Beijing Biennale (National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China).
2007 Contemporary Art Museum (Houston, TX, USA), Maison Wazemmes (Lille, France), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Gallery 138 & Stony Brook University (New York, NY, USA), The Amistad
Center for Art & Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, USA), Stenersen Museum (Oslo, Norway), The Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY, USA).
2006 Roebling Hall (New York, NY, USA), Gigantic Art Space (New York,NY, USA), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH, USA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA, USA),
Baltic Center for Contemporary Art (Newcastle, UK).
2005 Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin, Germany), Islip Art Museum (East Islip, New York, NY, USA), Jack Shainman Gallery (New York, NY, USA), Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY, USA), Steve Turner
Gallery (Los Angeles, USA).
2004 Tate Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool, U.K), Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France), Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY, USA), Gallery 138 (NY, USA).
2003 New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York, NY, USA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA, USA), Barbican Art Gallery (London, U.K), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, OH, USA),
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA), Ethan Cohen Fine Arts (New York, NY, USA).
2002 Inman Gallery (Houston, TX, USA), Kunsträume auf Zeit (Linz, Austria), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart, Germany), Clementine Gallery(New York, NY, USA).
2001 Kunsthalle Tirol (Tirol, Hall, Austria), Encounters (Monterrey, Mexico), Apexart (New York, NY, USA),
2008 Galerie Steinek (Vienna, Austria).
2007 St. Pauls Cathedral (London, U.K.), Galerie Lucette Herzog (Paris, France).
2006 Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France).
1997 Ileana Bouboulis Gallery (Paris, France), Galerie de l’Autre Cote de la Rue (Brussels, Belgium).
2007 Red Mansion Art Foundation, Beijing, China
2002 Art Omi International, International Artists’ Colony
1998 CCP Foundation, Marrakech, Morocco
2002 New York State Council on the Arts Grant
2009 Jens Hoffmann, "2da Trienal Poli/Grafica de San Juan", ICP, San Juan, P.R.
2008 Beijing Biennale Catalogue, National Art Museum of China / Margherita Laera, "Collezionismo", Vogue Italia 2008 / Building Bridges, 8 Visions One Dream Today, Art Museum Beijing
/ The International Review of African American Art / The Sickness Of The Hunting Part 1, MAMAC NICE / Charles Stone: "Satch Hoyt - A command of many mediums"
2007 Greg Tate "In Praise Of Shadow Boxing(Punchdrunk Love)", Editions Pasnic Paris / Claire Tancons "Breathing In The Beat Box: Rhyming and the Ring, About Satch Hoyt on Boxing as Poetry",
Editions Pasnic Paris / Infinite Island, Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum / Equatorial Rhythms, Stenersen Museum Oslo / Sound and Light in Contemporary Art, "Black Light White /
Noise", Contemporary Arts Museum Houston / New York Fall Review
2005 Franklin Sirmans, “Rundlederwelten” (cat.), Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin,Germany / Peter von Becker, "Before the Goal Shot", Tagesspiegel, October 18 / Stefan Peter, "Here You Can See that
Soccer is Really an Art Form…", Bild, October 20 / Jean-Marc Huitorel (ed.), “La Beauté du Geste: L’Art Contemporain et le Sport”, Editions du Regard, Paris, France / Trevor Schoonmaker,
“Propeller” (cat.), Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
2004 “Open House: “Working in Brooklyn” (cat.), Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn / Gary Morris, The Triangle in: “International ‘04” (cat.), UK Biennial, Liverpool, UK
2003 Trevor Schoonmaker (ed.), “Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti” (cat.), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York / Holland Cotter, “King of Music and All He Surveyed”,
The New York Times, New York, July / Barbara Pollack, “The Afrobeat Generation”, The Village Voice, New York, July / Deidre Stein Greben, “A Multimedia Tribute to an African Icon”, Newsday,
New York, July / Jonathan Adams, “King of Cool and Kalakuta”, Newsweek International, August / Olukemi Ilesanmi (ed.), “The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art” (cat.), Walker Art
2002 Victor J. Fleming, “Surrealism”, NY Arts Magazine, New York, July/August / Andrea Jahn, “Body Power/Power Play” (cat.), Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany / Birgit Kolgen,
“Sport in der Kunst (Body Power in Stuttgart)”, Schwäbische Zeitung, Stuttgart, Germany, September / Dietlind Hebestreit, “Hallo, New York gibt es noch”, Kultur Nachrichten, Linz, Austria,
September / Adrienne Braun, “Sport vor Ort”, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany, September / Burkhard Meier-Grolman, “Stuttgart steht im Boxring”, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany, September
“In the Field”, Honey, New York, November / Helen Allen, “SportCult, apexart, New York”, Flash Art International, November/December / Franklin Sirmans, "SportCult, apexart, New York”, Time
Out, New York, October / / “Neustart für Kunsthalle Hall möglich”, Der Standard, Austria, February / “Boxer in Hall geschändet”, Tiroler Tageszeitung, Austria, January
1999 Jean Lamore, Mamba, Paris, France, July / El Arte de America Latina y del Caribe al Alba del Aiglo XXI (cat.), UNESCO, Paris, France / “Ovazione” (cat.), Electa, Milan, Italy / “Londoner’s
Diary”, The Evening Standard, London, U.K., August / Galeria de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal, January
1995 Artes & Leilos, Lisbon, Portugal, November / Susana Neves, “Diario Economico”, Lisbon, Portugal, October / Vogue l’Uomo, Milan, Italy, September / Jean Lamore, Mamba, Paris, France, March
“Satch: August Jams” (cat.), Collection Disegno Diverso, Stamperia Artistica Nazionale Editrice di Torino, Torino, Ita