Observations in No Man's Land
Exhibition: January 18 to March 4, 2016
Artist talk and reception: Monday, January 18, 7 p.m.
“Observations in No Man's Land” presents a grouping of sculptures and small video installations based on several years of physical research and visual observation in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Iceland and Svalbard. The exhibition will also feature Bardo, a short, twelve-minute film shot entirely in the abandoned Soviet utopia of Pyramiden, the soundtrack for which was recorded on the world's northernmost Red October grand piano. Bardo is a testament of 1990's Soviet tenacity but also documents the lonely and pristine landscape above the 78th parallel.
As a frustrated architect, explorer, and aspiring social examiner, Derek Coté received his MFA in sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, 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 Kunsthaus Rhenania in Cologne. Coté has received a professional artist fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, research and support grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Additionally Coté and has been a resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Arctic Circle expedition and the Anchorage Museum’s Polar Lab.