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.
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.
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
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
2020 This Sacred Thing, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (scheduled)
State of Nature: Picturing Indiana Biodiversity, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2019 Group Exhibition, Acceleration Art and Photography, Indianapolis, IN
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, Arts 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
37th 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
36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Wyoming Heritage Center, Laramie, WY
16th Annual Salon de Refuse, Fine Arts Up Gallery, Laramie, WY
2010 35th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Wyoming Heritage Center, Laramie, WY
15th 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
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
2019 Associate Instructor Search Committee, 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
International Sculpture Center
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
"The age of humans at Ann Street Gallery," Times Community Newspaper of the Hudson Valley, February 21st,
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.
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.
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.