Kyle Cottier was born 1993 in Louisville, KY. In 2014 he was awarded a studio 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 extensively in the US at major galleries and museums from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati to the Dorsky Museum in Newpaltz, NY and is preparing for his first solo exhibition in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery at The Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft in Gatlinburg, TN. His work is apart of 21c Museum's collection and has shown at their locations in Oklahoma City, OK, Bentonville, AK, Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY. Kyle has been commissioned for work that was featured in the Carter Center's Foundation and live auction in 2019 where his piece 'Sometimes I wish we were an eagle' raised $17,500 for "Waging peace, Fighting Disease and Building hope." He has had work published in the Hudson Valley magazine, Chronogram, Artrepreneur's online publication and in addition 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.
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Kyle Cottier constructs a union of terrestrial and architectural forms to give identity to personal and universal meditations on the interconnectedness of the human experience and natural world. Illumination of the vascular infrastructure shared by trees and the human body is vital to the material foundation of Cottier’s work. In his intimate and instinctual practice he attends the magnificent subtleties of nature within grain, within wood. Through tedium and attention to the innate integrity of wood, the presence of the artist’s hand revealed in the work is guided by places in the universe where geometry and entropy overlap.
Navigating these spatial dualities shape the landscape for depth and growth of the human experience and our bodies’ relationship to our environment. Similarly, Cottier’s work reverberates such dualisms through the fragmentation of rigid material into billowing dream-inspired forms and patterns intrinsic in nature and wildlife. He further explores mankind’s situational awareness by realizing animal fantasies through a synchronization of psychological and zoological interpretations taken from his introspective practices. Cottier’s work analyzes and attempts to honor the individual’s place in the family of all things, a single point of connection in an infinite entanglement of life.
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