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Guy Michael Davis & Katie Parker

Grant holders in Stockholm 1 May – 28 July 2017

Guy Michael Davis
was born in 1978 and raised in Bartlesville, OK. Katie Parker was born in 1980 in Jonesboro Arkansas, and grew up in Plano, Texas. They both attended the Kansas City Art Institute from 1999-2003 and received BFA degrees in ceramics.

Katie went straight to graduate school at The Ohio State University from 2003-2005, Guy followed suit three years later from 2006-2008. Both Katie and Guy received MFA degrees in ceramics.

Currently, Katie is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Guy is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Since 2008 they have also been collaborating together under the name Future Retrieval, making objects that combine new technology, porcelain, and good craft. They have exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows in New York City, Jingdezhen China, Cardiff Wales, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Ann Arbor, and Minneapolis. In 2014 they were both artists in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and just completed Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowships in Washington DC and New York City in 2016. This summer they will both be resident artists at Iaspis in Stockholm Sweden.

Artist Statement
Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker
(collaboratively working under the name Future Retrieval)

The objects presented merge the strengths of our studio practice – a dark vein of curiosity backed by a historical current. Ornament and detail collide with a fascination of taxidermy and natural order. Each object contains a history, reaching back and highlighting ideals of time and labor.

Since 2008 we have been working in collaboration together to develop a unique aesthetic, a look that falls in between the worlds of art and design. Our process is in the conceptualization, discovery, and acquisition of form – lately objects of art historical significance. We use digital imaging that includes 3d scanning, CNC milling, and rapid prototyping to scale up or down with exacting precision, transforming our collected objects into the ceramic medium. Mold making, including working with plaster, rubbers, and high-density foam bring these digital processes to life in our studio, allowing for exacting replication. Lastly, once we have these forms, we can recontextualize, compose, alter, and ornament - bringing the work into a 21st Century dialogue with history. Our intention is to make content loaded sculptures that reference design and are held together by craft. We incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to our work whenever possible, striving to make the historic objects that influence us relevant to today. The interest in new technologies and industrial methods is that each piece is handmade, but maintains the record of a computer driven interpretation.

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