Concept stuff for the current project. Everything begins with drawing and prototypes. These were done earlier this summer at the residency and are becoming a reality. Three artists, some fine materials, and a couple of months later, the future is near.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
We have a new studio for the the next three months at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Here is our private studio and the ceramics studio. There is tons of space here and plenty of support. Katie and I have several large projects already underway and its just day 2.
We'll all take turns I'll get mine, too
This monkey's gone to heaven.
This monkey's gone to heaven.
Monkey Gone to Heaven, The Pixies
Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis work collaboratively as Future Retrieval, the monkey sculpture they created for (Im)material Artefacts looks like it has just raided an antique shop. The monkey is balancing a teapot on his head, a greyhound ornament rests gracefully between his legs, and it is clutching an Egyptian shabti and an archaic rider figure in his big hands. The monkey is a 3D scan of a battered automaton Parker and Davis found in an upstate New York antique mall, his loot is made up of 3D scans of ceramic artefacts from the National Museum Cardiff.
“We are often drawn to grotesque mannerist figures” Parker explains “the moving monkey automaton looked beat up, unfixable, pathetic, but saveable.”
The title Monkey Heaven was inspired by a pop song by the Pixies; by infusing artefacts with contemporary meaning Future Retrieval are making old objects relevant and tying them into present-day culture. “We are searching to reanimate old tattered things, to make them precious,” explains Davis. “Although our work can be quite funny we are respectful towards the objects we work with, towards their histories,” Parker explains, “we do not want to destroy or humiliate.” Davis agrees, that the objects they gather and work with are more than mere props and shapes; “we have respect for the material and subject matter we work with, we riff off the objects.” The joy Future Retrieval have in their work shows in the finished pieces; “maybe I’m the monkey” Davis muses “and I’m in heaven, juggling with these objects, celebrating these things from the past.”
Read More about the project here http://immaterialartefacts.blogspot.co.uk/
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
I gained a little more control of blue and white painting, something I want to pursue further. The imagery came from a Ming Dynasty shard I found that I thought looked quite contemporary, I stylized it a bit further though.
Some wheel work also happened that was then passed of to a local artist who specializes in flower making, this is for a show in March.
Of course I can not help myself when I go to China but to work with the image of Mao. I purchased the figures from a family business that still makes these cultural revolution figures, then began painting it with iconographic patterns that I designed thinking of the opium wars, the Shanghai massacre, the great leap forward, and other major events.
Posted by GMD at 2/05/2014
Saturday, December 7, 2013
With the table loaded with giant rats and hawks I had a hard time deciding what to bring to China for the residency at the Pottery Workshop. The Rat 3-d print made the cut, the mold was made in one day, and is drying on top of a public kiln. Hopefully we will get to casting in the next couple of days. Though there is plenty to do here in Jingdezhen, I am also eager to get back to the hawk, maybe one of my most complicated projects yet.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Katie's hand cut paper wall work showing scenes of small birds frolicking among beautiful foliage, but the Coopers Hawk is a fierce and unforgiving predator .
This was a new display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its all birds modeled by Kandler for Meissen around 1740.
I recently spent a week in New York visiting some of my favorite spots and doing some research, here is the hawk case at the American Museum of Natural History.
Posted by GMD at 8/26/2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Friday, August 9, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Everything begins with drawing, and this presents up and coming projects for Katie and I. Visual references adress the architecture of Etienne-Louis Boullee the visionary pre- neo classical architect, the temple of love by Adolph Strauch who was the landscape architect for Spring Grove Cemetery, among many of the parks in Cincinnati, Arts and Crafts ceramic design, Dutch still life painting, and my own taxidermy projects as statue. This suggests idealistic society, abundance in trade, and a quest for immortality. We will be fleshing out this project through many means both 2-d and 3-d.
Posted by GMD at 6/04/2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Among the worlds best flyers the Coopers Hawk is a swift, agile, and agressive hunter of other birds, typically killing by repetitively clenching down on its victim with its large sharp talons. These raptors will also prey on rodents and small mammals in the same fashion.
So dynamic in its hunting prowess "Strikers" often suffer injuries and even death by crashing into woodland obstacles during a chase, which may have been the untimely circumstance of the specimen here.
Posted by GMD at 5/10/2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
we nerded out on. In order to 3-d print this 20+ inch bear from scan data it needed to be sliced up to fit within the powder printer. On the left each box indicates the build area I am restricted to with our machines. Once I received the finished part it was partially reassembled and molds were taken. Each of the lower sections requires about 4 gallons of casting slip to fill the mold, when all of the 7 parts are cast ( legs are separate too) it is fully reassembled and hand finished. In the center you can see the original little bear.
Posted by GMD at 4/18/2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I picked up this jumbo frozen feeder rat destined to become the meal for someones exotic python from the neighborhood pet shop where they stock these frozen critters as pet food . My usual natural history source is supplying rats that are way too fat, so I decided to shop local. I also found a taxidermy studio in the area with a freeze drier that does custom work, they freeze dry wild game trophies and peoples cats and so forth. I will be building my own soon. I think I have too projects on my plate.
Posted by GMD at 4/13/2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
we have been working on at Rookwod Pottery, these tiles are 12 inches each . Its a utopian vision gone wrong, a topsy turvy community where you must watch your back, while culture and heritage are also being thrown out to the dogs.
Been carving this linoleum for a cuenca mural that will compliment the fire place that is in the works for the Contemporary Art Center , in Cincinnati, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, in New York this May. Its a project also involving Rookwood Pottery, Terrence Hammonds and Katie Parker. After RAM pressing these carved tiles into clay the lines will be raised allowing for glaze inlay, resulting in a nice crisp breaking line that contains the color of the melted glaze. Think of the Peaceable Kingdom if things went berzerk.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sunday, November 4, 2012
On the right is an unglazed Mutation so you can see the form without the metallic coating shown on the previous post below.
Posted by GMD at 11/04/2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Physical vapor deposition was invented by the Soviet Union in the 1960's during nuclear research. There are other industrial uses for this thin film metal coating including plating metal cutting tools and electrical conductivity. It seemed appropriate to make this mutated, PVD, porcelain Mao while saturating myself in the history and rhythms of the sculpture factory.
Posted by GMD at 9/13/2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Pottery Workshop. The resources in the within sculpture factory of course led me to Mao, among others, as material for some sculpture. Here he is unfinished, masked as a Texas Horned Toad, and playing a blank card. There some other variations along the way, and also be more projects posted with Future Retrieval.
Posted by GMD at 7/17/2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I have been really thrilled about cutting and assembling color decals lately, arranging onto our forms small shape and color compositions. Though originally influenced by 1980's skateboard graphics including my old Tony Hawk , Psycho Stick, and Gonzales decks among others, I also can not help but relate to the diagonals of the painter Kandinsky's Bauhaus period, and many futurist works. In regards to this form I also have to give credit to the great Pushead.
Posted by GMD at 4/19/2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Future Retrieval's upcoming shows. Where can punk rock meet Tiffany glass, a Dutch still life, Medieval tapestry, and who knows? Like the space monkey we are testing this little guy against a variety of extreme conditions.
Posted by GMD at 2/09/2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Wolfie and the Beasts.
Posted by GMD at 2/08/2012
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Katie and I have been in this last Autumn, on top a lithophane for BYOB ( Bring Your Own Beamer) at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, in the middle is some imagery from the exhibition HERE at the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts in Philadelphia as seen as critics picks in Art Forum, and third the Fresh Figurines show at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton Massachusetts's, featured in the Boston Globe. Something is happening with Future Retrieval. I now need a little time to reflect and play around in the studio without a heavy deadline.
Posted by GMD at 12/05/2011