Black Cat-Josh Cote
No bad luck with this cat around! This steel wire sculpture is approximately 19"x12"x10" and features glass marbles for eyes.
Josh Coté says he was raised by gypsies, in a sense, of course. Born in the 1970s, Josh grew up travelling the East Coast with his family to attend art shows. His exposure to art at an early age certainly shaped his career, but it wasn’t until after attending the University of Michigan to study medicine that Josh realized his true calling was in sculpture.
He is a self-taught sculptor who became interested in wire sculptures as it bridges both linear drawing and sculpture, the two and three dimensions. He creates intricately woven wire sculptures using recycled aluminum, recycled copper, or steel wire. With only needle-nosed pliers, innovative techniques which he developed are applied as the wire is painstakingly hand-manipulated, wrapped and woven to itself. Using negative space, combined with the linear nature of the wire, the finished work is much like a pen and ink drawing in sculptural form.
Similar to a gesture drawing, yet as a free-standing sculpture, the manipulated wire captures the energy and life of the subject, there is movement and mystery. Wire sculpture is a bare and honest medium as nothing is hidden; all is revealed to the beholder.
Usually, the raw metal wire is left in its natural achromatic state, but sometimes the wire is oxidized with a variety of acids to achieve unusual patinas. Every sculpture is unique and inimitable, impossible to replicate.
"My work explores mixed media and wire as a flexible medium capable of expressing the unique space between realism and abstraction; where interpretation and our ability to create meaning is in flux."-Josh Cote