Inqwiry: Wire Sculptures by Josh Coté

Wire sculpture by Bakersville, North Carolina artist Josh Coté.

Grovewood Gallery presents Inqwiry, an outdoor exhibition of wire animal sculptures by Bakersville, NC, artist Josh Coté. An opening reception will be held in our sculpture garden on Saturday, June 24, from 2-5 pm, with the artist in attendance. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Inqwiry will remain on view through August 13, 2023.

“Goat Fruit” by Josh Coté – Handmade from recycled aluminum electric wire and cans.

About the Artist

Josh Coté has always been surrounded by art and artists. His grandparents were both oil painters, and his father was a watercolorist. He grew up “on the road” in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, traveling to art fairs up and down the east coast with his family. As a kid, he was inspired by authors like Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, and Dr. Seuss, whom he credits for drawing him into “a magical dream world.”

After studying painting and drawing at the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design, Josh became a self-taught sculptor. He’s best known for his fanciful wire sculptures of wild and mythical creatures, created using only needle-nosed pliers and a hammer. The wire is cold-worked, painstakingly hand-manipulated, and wrapped and woven to create the desired structure. His finished works are much like pen and ink drawings in sculptural form, and many of his pieces include antique found objects that evoke a sense of child-like nostalgia.

Artist Josh Cote outside in the sculpture garden at Grovewood Gallery posing next to one of his wire hare sculptures.
Artist Josh Coté posing next to his wire hare sculpture at Grovewood Gallery.

Please Note

Free parking is available on-site; however, parking is pretty limited. Carpooling and rideshares are encouraged for the opening reception.

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