Addressing the nuances of contemporary life with the aesthetics of creative solutions Sticks and Stone no. 3 retains a child-like playfulness while achieving solemnity through the diagrammatic connections between totems of cliché and kitsch. The tension created by the stress of the precarious construct draws, in part, from the way Almanza forces the Chinese plaster statue and chainsaw-carved cactus to carry a burden beyond their physical weight and conceptual capacity, hinting at the notion of the fabricated and tenuous nature of present-day problems. All the while, the concrete meteor looms over to ensure destruction if, or when, the system collapses.
Coté’s Float and Blue Raft deliver a distinct, visceral conception drawn from the explorative and introspective nature of human observation and our often-inadequate attempts to communicate them. Utilizing his Arctic expeditions as means of enquiry, Coté confronts and engages scientific methodology, sourcing from the perceptible world to recreate his aesthetic discoveries in uniquely experiential installations. Within the work a series of simultaneous narratives converge into an impression of visual, physical phenomena contrary to descriptors provided by traditional “hard” science, yet phenomenologically compelling. The distilled interpretations provide a meditative microcosm that is simultaneously concretely relatable and systematically ethereal.