Through the lens of car culture, using the skill set inherent to it, Pilote’s work explores contemporary issues describing them visually. Most recently, wall mounted aqua-resin sculptures skew automotive and motorcycle references in an ambiguous and nonlinear way, exploring specialized “editions” within motor-based subcultures. The use of faux-fluid material processes physically distorts recognizable vehicle features that upon deeper investigation reveal ties to the reference subject via nods to iconic characteristics. Marketing ads, shop manuals, historical information along with crossovers between his upbringing and car culture folklore inform the decision-making process. Pilote’s practice juxtaposes growing up in his father’s low-brow auto garage with exploring how contemporary culture engages with symbols of independence, freedom, craftsmanship, customization and nostalgia.