Pierre Cote, a local artist based in Flanders, New York, finds and accumulates discarded objects that he deconstructs and reassembles into sculpture. Cote relies on humor and an intuitive (but formal) approach to fabrication. By combining dissimilar materials and parts, he allows for different shapes and meanings to emerge. Consequently, these pieces gain new value by the process of transformation. Through these juxtapositions, Cote revisits the twentieth-century art of H. C. Westerman and Marcel Duchamp and the movements of Assemblage, Surrealism and Arte Povera. His sculptures are at once awkward and graceful, obsolete and visionary. With ingenuity and wit, Cote's work provides an insight to the potentiality of the everyday.
Pierre Cote has been making found-object sculpture for 18 years. He received a B.F.A. from Purchase College, NY and exhibits his work in Manhattan and East Hampton, NY.
Image:Pierre Cote, Untitled, 2013, brass, metal, wood, 16" x 13" x 15".
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