Matthew Coté - 2nd Amendment Remedies - Changing Hues

Materials: .999 Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Copper, Lead-bearing Enamel
Dimensions: 6/8" Gauged Tunnels

The memories of a Republican Senate Candidate discussing people taking back this country with the use of what she described as "2nd Amendment Remedies" still echos through me. The gun violence since those remarks is also hard to forget or ignore. This piece discusses that violence and wonders if it is truly worth it? Gauged Tunnels rip into the ear; hanging from it is an enameled M-14 Assault rifle firing up at the tunnel with enameled blood droplets hanging from the roman chain. These Gauged Tunnels were fabricated and cut by hand. Ninomiya Japanese Lead-bearing Enamel was used, fired at 1400 degrees F.

Photo credit: Kimberly Deverell Photography

Matthew Coté
Matthew Coté Art and Design
Tacoma, WA. USA

As a Metalsmith I try and have a direct message with my body of work. My work is a commentary about the current atmosphere within the human condition that surrounds us while many are persuaded by political, religious, or corporate influences. I received my Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Art from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington; while also receiving the College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership. I studied Jewelry and Metalsmithing techniques, including methods of design and approach, under Keith Lewis. I am currently teaching classes at the Tacoma Metal Arts Center and furthering my knowledge of the field, and preparing my portfolio for Graduate School applications, while under the guidance of Owner/Operator Amy Reeves.

The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.

As the world's largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner.

In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world's largest internet jewelry site.

Hue is one of the primary properties of color, it refers to the place the color occupies on the visual spectrum. Humans have used hues throughout time, to create cave paintings, to decorate themselves, their clothing and their housing.

Different hues have taken on different meanings throughout time. Gold traditionally has been a color of purity - the metal gold is relatively unchangeable, and the hue of gold has come to stand for gods and goddesses, for royalty, for durability and for purity. Red has often meant love, or passion. Hues often reflect the meaning of the seasons, with pastels referring to spring and the burst of new life after the pale hues of winter. Summer is reflected in vibrant, deep hues, followed by the browning of hues in the fall as plants go to seed and die, and the land turns fallow.

The worth of a hue has often been tied to what is necessary to make the pigment that creates the hue, and the expensive involved in the process. Often created from crushed stones that had to be mined and carried by caravan over thousands of miles, or from fermented roots of plants only grown in certain areas, or the carapaces of rare insects - the creation of hue in a way that could be used by man was an involved and generally expensive process.

In today's world metalsmiths have access to perhaps the widest range of materials and hues in the history of man - and in some of the most affordable ways ever.

This exhibition celebrates hue - color - as an integral, inherent element of the work. We talk of the "richness" of color, and examples of this abound here. One expects hues from the colors of gemstones used in metalsmithing, but we also have hues from some less expected places. Glass enamels are an ancient way of adding color, as are a variety of patinas. Today's artists also use synthetic man-made materials to add color in ways that didn't exist a century ago.

We invite you to enjoy this celebration of hue, and the ways hues and their use have changed over time.