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Uncanny Valley/Future Retrieval Opening Reception

Friday, February 20, 2015
12:00 AM
East Quadrangle, RC Art Gallery

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 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.
Three-dimensional scans and photographs have been rapid prototyped, processed in the studio, and molded into porcelain mimicking the world of European decorative arts. Inspired also by German animal sculptures and cut silhouettes, we are using digital translation to both highlight and transform these details that fascinate us. The interest in new technologies and industrial methods is that each piece is handmade, but maintains the record of a computer driven interpretation. Our intention is to make art objects that reference design and are held together by craft.

Future Retrieval

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 Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, running the ceramics department. Guy works for multiple designers across the country, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. For several years, they have also been collaborating together, making objects that combine new technology, porcelain, and good craft. The objects merge the strengths of their individual studio practice – a dark vein backed by a historical current. They have exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows in New York City, Jingdezhen China, Cardiff Wales, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Tempe Arizona. This summer they were both artists in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.
The show runs through April 10.