October 9 – December 2, 2019 | Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Kyle Cottier was born 1993 in Louisville, KY. In 2014 he was awarded a gallery space at the New York Studio Residency Program in DUMBO and received his BFA in 2015 from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Cottier has shown work in the US at major galleries and museums from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati to the Dorsky Museum in Newpaltz, NY. His work is a part of 21c Museum’s collection and has shown at their locations in Oklahoma City, OK, Bentonville, AK, Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY. Kyle’s sculpture, Sometimes I wish we were an eagle, was commissioned and featured in the Carter Center’s Foundation and live auction in 2019 where he raised over 17K for international health and peace. He has had work published in the Hudson Valley magazine, Chronogram, through Artrepreneur’s online publication and was awarded first prize for sculpture in their 2018 competition where he installed work at Lazy Susan Gallery in Manhattan. Kyle currently lives and works in Hudson Valley, NY.
“Nature is abundant with sturdy patterns — blueprints for substructures that heal the psyche, built out of the everyday ruins of existence. Kyle Cottier’s sculptural practice is rooted in the metaphysical study of underlying patterns and principles that give rise to the convalescence of the natural world. Within his work, the permanent cycle of growth and decay coexists with the presence of absence, informed by the essential human experience of processing loss.
Through a union of terrestrial and architectural constructs, his work inhabits the territory where entropy and geometry in the universe converge. He navigates these dualities of chaos and order, and existentially, life and death, to kindle a deeper psychological awareness of the interconnectedness between nature and mankind.
Illumination of the vascular infrastructure shared by trees and the human body is vital to his material foundation. Utilization of reclaimed wood is equally fundamental to his practice—to bring new life and wholeness to discarded scrap. This process ultimately reflects upon how elusive death is to define. Cottier’s work attempts to honor the individual’s place in the family of all things; a single intensely alive point of connection within an infinite entanglement of life.” – Kyle Cottier, Artist Statement
See more of Kyle’s work at www.kylecottier.com