With an eye, a sledgehammer, and a poignant sense of design, Dakota Redington Prattis an award-winning contemporary artist. His style is one all his own: by taking vintage bottle caps to sculpture, his creations become functional works of art. After graduating with a BA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Pratt began exhibiting his work in art galleries and shows across the country. With influences stemming from Henry Spencer Moore, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg, his work is now collected, exhibited, and coveted across the country. He is the recent recipient of the Lincoln Innovation award and the winner of Best Artist in Mixed Media at the Western Design Conference.
Pratt comes from a family of artists. His parents are known as two of America’s leading makers of traditional and contemporary twig furnishings and are the owners of around the Bend Willow Furniture. Through his upbringing, Pratt developed a keen sense of design and a unique style of construction. He grew up on the road while his parents traveled from art show to art show, and the lifestyle completely influenced the way he began to think, work, and create. He delved into the American scene and developed his own style of language by fusing consumer-driven Pop ideas with American Craft Art. This summer, Pratt and his parents will be sharing the stage at the Madison Museum of Modern Art’s Art Fair On The Square in Madison, WI.
It’s easy to appreciate his intelligence and immense artistic capability- he allows everyday objects to become sculptures with a purpose, much like a Campbell’s Soup can on a shelf. When creating a new piece, Pratt begins with simple wooden or metal bases. He uses vintage bottle caps (flattened with a sledgehammer) and fastens them to the forms to turn ordinary or even whimsical designs into functional, usable art. From a table and chairs, a sofa, or even a banana you can ride, each piece is engaging, full of color, and altogether unique.