Through Meat Market, I want to push the boundaries of drawing. Instead of displaying the work in a frame, I install my work in the style of fun, cartoon-like cutouts that interact with each other. I use media often associated with children such as colored crayons and pencils to embrace the illustrative quality of the work. My drawings become a paper world of different animal-human hybrids, which reference my rural background. I not only want to push the limits of drawing, but I want to shape the identity of rural, queer individuals. They are given faces, identities, and a sense of humor. I use a full farm of animals and body types, committing to a variety of identities. Through humor, these identities can become more relatable and interactive.
Dakota Noot received his BFA from the University of North Dakota and MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He has exhibited in both North Dakota and California, including solo shows at Cerritos College Art Gallery, Highways Performance Space, and MuzeuMM. Recent group exhibitions include Salon at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Mind’s I at the Dalton Warehouse, and Queer Biennial: What if Utopia at LAST Projects. Noot is the key artist for the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival.