Reivew at Vers la Lumière Gallery
A master of color, Cote establishes himself as an artistic force to be reckoned with. A powerful painter Cote's overture places him with the likes of Julian Schnabel, Pollock, and Helen Frankenthaler. Yet, while Cote's paintings have the swirling energy of many abstract works, they also suggest something quite different: the murmuring of numerous voices beneath each layer....He references a moment when numerous artists used an exaggerated physicality to circumvent the emotionalism of Abstract Expressionism—from the Fontana's punctured can-vases to Dubuffet surfacing his with dirt. Cote's work takes us back to our very beginnings, before written laws, received wisdom, and force of habit, all but shackled our individual creativity and freedom of expression.