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Dakotah was born and raised in the pristine, sparsely populated town of Lander, Wyoming where mountains swallow rivers and the sun shines even when it’s 30 below. Prior to attending college, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and lived as far west as Anchorage, Alaska and as far east as Okinawa, Japan. While in the Air Force, Dakotah serviced radar jammers, antennae, hydraulic actuators, learned mechanical assemblage, and sat in the cockpit of F-15s. After this, he returned home and studied at the University of Wyoming where he earned a BFA in sculpture. Here, he created a fleet of drawing machines before deciding to pursue a master’s degree in fine art from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His thesis research led him to explore robotics, aquaponics, and an excess of convoluted systems.  Currently, Dakotah enjoys living in Bloomington, Indiana.

Artist Statement

My practice generally involves searching for coincidentally matching parts from disassembled objects. I accumulate and tinker with a multitude of objects until the parts begin to find their own structure. This process continues until a new function emerges. It is this newly derived purpose that I am most interested in. I find that this organization strategy mimics processes in the natural world. I often begin thinking of collected action/reaction events as individual organs belonging to a larger system at work. As a consumer of contemporary technology, I am charmed by its potentials yet remain skeptical of unintended widespread consequences. As an artist, I aim to create works that celebrate both positions regarding technology. I seek to create moments of contradiction and to ask questions about the balance of efficiencies within systems.

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Education


2015              MFA, Carnegie Mellon University​, Sculpture and Installation,Pittsburgh, PA
2012              BFA, University of Wyoming​, Sculpture, Laramie, WY
2005              Military Education, United States Air Force, ​F-15 Avionic Test Station and Aircraft
                      Component Apprenticeship, Wichita Falls, TX, Electronic Principles Training, Biloxi, MS

Professional Appointments


2016-2019     Visiting Assistant Professor​, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2016              Adjunct Assistant Professor​, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2015-2016     Adjunct Instructor​, Pre-College, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2015-2016     3D Studio Technician​, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2012-2015     Graduate Teaching Assistant​, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2012              Gallery Internship, Visual Arts Galleries, University of Wyoming

2011-2012     Work Study Wood and Steel Shop Monitor, University of Wyoming

2004-2008     Active Duty F-15 Avionics Journeyman, United States Air Force


Selected Exhibitions

              

2019              Group Exhibition, Acceleration Art and Photography, Indianapolis, IN (Scheduled)

                      Mad Scientists Society Vol. III, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL 

                      Solo Exhibition, Fountain Square Brewing Company, Indianapolis, IN

                      Solo Exhibition, Downtown Hampton Inn, Indianapolis, IN 

                      Mad Scientists Society Vol. II, I Fell Art Building, Bloomington, IN

                      24th Annual Arts in Harmony International Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN

2018              Group Exhibition, Playground Productions Studio, Indianapolis, IN 

                      Near and Far, Silverwood Park Gallery, St. Anthony, MN

                      Green, Webster Arts Center, St.Louis, MO

                      Abstract Catalyst, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR

                      Height x Width x Depth Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH

                      Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI

                      The Millenial Show, TEJAS Gallery, Dayton, OH

                      ANTHROPOCENE​, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

                      SOAAD Faculty Exhibition​, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN
2017              High Art Billboard Project,​ A​rts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
                      STATIONTOSTATION​, ​Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN

2016              Re:NEW Festival Juried Exhibition​, ​Pittsburgh, PA
                      CREATE 2016​, ​Fairmont, Pittsburgh, PA
                      APPed Metaphors​, The Edward J & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery, Morris, MN

2015              MFA Thesis Show​, Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2014              Sweet Nothings​, The Chocolate Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Year in Art​, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
                      (Solo Show) Niche Inheritance​, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Winners Wanted​, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Day of the Painter​, Boom Concepts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Drawing Arcade​, Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Gross Domestic Product​, The Mine Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
2013              Juan Media Festival​, Incheon Soccer Stadium, Incheon, South Korea

                      Live Archive​, Crucible Building, Pittsburgh, PA
2012              Senior BFA Exhibition​, Visual Arts Gallery, Laramie, WY

                      37​th​ Annual Juried Student Exhibition​, Wyoming Heritage Center, Laramie, WY

2011              Metal Fabulous Exhibition​, Gallery 211, Laramie, WY
                      Small Wonders Exhibition​, Fine Arts Up Gallery, Laramie, WY
                      36​th​ Annual Juried Student Exhibition​, Wyoming Heritage Center, Laramie, WY
                      16​th​ Annual Salon de Refuse​, Fine Arts Up Gallery, Laramie, WY

2010              35​th​ Annual Juried Student Exhibition​, Wyoming Heritage Center, Laramie, WY
                      15​th​ Annual Salon de Refuse​, Fine Arts Up Gallery, Laramie, WY

2009              Student Juried show​, Fine Arts Up Gallery, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY


Awards and Grants

 

2018              Honorable Mention, Height x Width x Depth Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Rosewoods Arts Centre, Kettering, OH

2016              Top 10 Art + Technology Project of the Year, ​Create ​Festival, ​Pittsburgh PA
2015              GuSH Graduate Research Funding Grant​, Carnegie Mellon University
                      Nominee for Daedalus Foundation Fellowship​, Carnegie Mellon University

                      Nominee for Outstanding Student Achievement in Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center
2014              Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier grant,​ The Studio for Creative Inquiry

                      Dean’s Grant, ​Carnegie Mellon University
                      School of Art Scholarship, ​Carnegie Mellon University
2013              Konrad and Gisela Weis Fellowship,​ Carnegie Mellon University
2012              Nominee for Outstanding Student Achievement in Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center

                      Honorable Mention​, 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Wyoming

                      David Reif Sculpture Award​, 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Wyoming

2011              Walter Saunders Study Abroad Scholarship, ​University of Wyoming
                      UniWyo Federal Credit Union Distinction Scholarship, ​University of Wyoming

                      Conrad Schwiering Memorial Scholarship, ​University of Wyoming

                      Office of the President Purchase Award​, 16th Annual Salon De Refuse, University of Wyoming

                      Office of the President Purchase Award​, 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of Wyoming

2010              Office of the President Purchase Award​, 35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University ofWyoming

2009              Best 3D piece in show​, Foundations Student Juried Show, University of Wyoming


Talks/Workshops/Critiques/Commissions


2016              Guest Critic, ​Indiana University MFA Sculpture Seminar, Bloomington, IN

                      Industry Artisan Lecture Series No. 3: ​TechShop, Pittsburgh, PA

2015              Artist Talk with Q&A,​ Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2014              Carnegie Mellon School of Art Graduate Student Presentations​, Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Workshop: Technology in the Garden ”Gardweeno”​, Community garden project. Braddock, PA
                      Guest Critic, ​Simulation and Perception course, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Artist Talk​: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PA

                      Commissioned Sculpture Fissure and Quake. Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Guest Lecture for studio/seminar​, “the Amateur,” Carnegie Mellon School of Art
                      Presentation: DRAW2014​: Why Draw Now? Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2013              Commissioned drawing ​Shy​. Published in “The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media.”
                      Carnegie Mellon School of Art Graduate Student Presentations​, Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
                      Artist Talk, ​Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

                      Artist Talk, ​OSHER, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2012              Carnegie Mellon School of Art Graduate Student Presentations​, Doherty Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

                      Workshop: High School Art Intensive​, Laramie, WY

Residencies/University Service

 

2019             Associate Instructor Search Committee (planned), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2018             Visiting Artist Coordinator McKinney Lecture Series, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                     Portfolio Review Committee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                     Associate Instructor Search Committee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                     Experimental Course Development Committee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2017             Associate Instructor Search Committee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

                     Experimental Course Development Committee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2014             Tough Art Residency, Children’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

2013-2014    Graduate Student Assembly Representative, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2010-2012    President of the Wyoming Sculpture Society, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Memberships

                  College Art Association

                     Foundations in Art: Theory and Education

                  International Sculpture Center

                

Bibliography

                     Liz Dougherty, "Aspects and Angles: Rosewood Gallery's 12th Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibition," Dayton City       

                     Paper, August 28th, 2018.

                     Brad Allenby and Mikhail Chester, "Infrastructure in the Anthropocene," ISSUES in Science and Technology, Spring

                     2018.  

                     "The age of humans at Ann Street Gallery," Times Community Newspaper of the Hudson Valley, February 21st,

                      2018.

                      Christina Knowles, "Extracting Extraction: A Conversation with Dakotah Konicek," Sample Anthropocene. Ann                                Street Gallery, May 9th, 2018.

                      Zach Felts, "IU's Grunwald Gallery to host faculty show," Tribune Star, January 4th, 2018.

                      "Announcing the 2016 Best of the Creative Industries," Pittsburgh Technology Council, June 9th, 2016.

                      "APPed Metaphors on Display in the Morrison Gallery," University of Minnesota Morris, January 21st, 2016.

                      Daniel Moore, "Art exhibits made to teach children a 'tough' challenge while learning," Pittsburgh Post           

                      Gazette, December 21st, 2014.

                      Jennifer Baron, "Gallery Crawl in The Cultural District," NEXT Pittsburgh, July 7th, 2014.

Technical Abilities:

Woodworking: ​Extensive knowledge of machinery and equipment including but not limited to: saws (band, compound miter, table, radial arm), jointer, planer, router, drill press, lathe, milling, and sanders (edge, belt, drum, disc).
Metalworking: ​Experienced with MIG, TIG, Arc, and Oxy-Acetylene welding, casting of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plasma cutting, various metal saws and abrasives, soldering, brazing, etching, cold and hot patina application processes, and blacksmithing.
Emerging technologies: ​Familiar with 3D printing, CNC routing, physical computing/robotics, and laser cutting/engraving.
Digital: ​Rhinoceros 3D CAD, Javascript, programming using Arduino, MAX, P5.js, and Processing platforms, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Electronics: ​Skilled in electronic soldering, wiring, designing, and troubleshooting electronic circuits, working with various breakout boards, sensors, and actuators for Arduino, teensy, and custom circuits and kinetics.
Ceramics: ​wheel throwing, hand-building, slip casting, glazing, and firing.
Other assorted artistic skills: ​vacuum forming, papermaking, drawing, painting, basic textiles, printmaking, aquaponics, hydroponics, terrarium construction, working with clay, rubber, wax, ceramic slip, plaster, resin, alginate, glues, concrete, and found objects.