Tom Kotik uses silence as the starting position of his artworks. Many of his works deal with both the physical aspects of silence and the materials from which non-functional replicas of audio equipment generate, as well as socio-political implications of silence itself.
His work searches for and revels in the intersections of sculpture
and music, form and sound, creation and composition. As both a practicing
sculptor and (rock!) musician, he is on a continuous journey to form an
aesthetic language from these two creative drives.
Initially he used the concrete tools of architecture and silence, transforming
stereo equipment and soundproofing materials into sculptural forms.
More recently, Kotik has replaced the literal
sound equipment with a more abstract non-aural search for sound. His work abstracts the form of amplifiers and
guitars to imply sound without even a whisper.