Satch Hoyt : flute, percussion

SatchHoyt: photo by Sonja Mueller

Satch­Hoyt: photo by Sonja Mueller

Born in Lon­don to a white British mother and a father of African-Jamaican ances­try, Satch Hoyt has com­posed, arraigned and played with Stomu Yamashta in Lon­don; Grace Jones in Paris; Louise Bour­geois in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ramuntcho Matta in Paris and var­i­ous artists in Kenya. He and is cur­rently work­ing on his own album “Gri­ots and CyberCrooks”

He has acted as musi­col­o­gist and com­men­ta­tor on Music of Kenya, part of the BBC’s Music About Us series.

Hoyt 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”, Würt­tem­ber­gis­cher Kun­stverein, Stuttgart, Ger­many, 2002; “SportCult”, apexart, New York, 2001.