Watered Down Kegs of Rum – Derek Coté

Postcard design by Chris Edgars, UWF Graphic Design student.

Watered Down Kegs of Rum

An exhibition of work by Derek Coté

September 15, 2011 – October 20, 2011

Opening Reception September 15, 2011 6-8pm // Genius Loci Artist Talk September 15, 2011 5-6pm

Derek Coté’s installations mine cultural histories and explore the formation of North America by addressing western expansion and the notions of alienation, assimilation and exploitation.* These concepts manifest themselves in Coté’s work through constructions of architectural symbols and modular structures that use light, video and sound to facilitate dramatic shifts in scale within created environments.  Coté presents repositioned narratives of the creation of societies that function on both broad and intimate levels as seen in his recent 2011 installation, Six Flags, at Seed Space gallery in Nashville, Tennessee.  Curator Mark Scala described the installation as a sensory split, oscillating between a barrage of flashing images and disjointed audio and a stabilized environment – a faux living room that reinforced “the illusory feeling of security we might have when surrounded by walls, barriers or filters.”** Coté’s experiential installations create an environmental and foundational structure for his conceptual exploration of the imagery, signs and codes that organize North American life.

-Amy Bowman-McElhone, Director + Curator, TAG UWF

*Derek Coté, Creative Statement, http://www.derekcote.com/resume.html 

** Mark Scala, Catalog Essay, Six Flags, Seed Space (2011) Nashville, Tennessee


Mr. Coté studied at Western Washington University, and Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Houston Center for Photography, Exit Art, AC Institute, and Roebling Hall in New York City, Marmara University in Istanbul, Marc DePuechredon Gallery in Basel, and Artwave Radio in Athens, Greece. In addition, Mr. Coté was included in the 2007 Young Sculptors Competition, received a Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Support Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. For more information, visit his website, www.derekcote.com.

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