Monday, July 13, 2015

the outlook



the outlook is good at

Saturday, July 4, 2015

from the collection


A Song / Yuan Dyansty ( 12th-13th C.) dragon head found at the ghost market in Jingdezhen China with some fine sculpting to say the least.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Forest, and the future primeval







21C Durham

White Light Bears- a permanent project for the 21C Museum Hotel in Durham, NC. Porcelain bear head and neon pendent lights with cut paper flower bunting. more at Future Retrieval

Saturday, April 18, 2015

wood fired

not particularly designed for this but the wood ash reduction fired ones have some potential

Grand Theft at the Carnegie a photofocus project from this last fall


Grand Theft: Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis
Grand Theft by Guy Michael Davis & Katie Parker is a 2-part installation utilizing the common/public spaces within The Carnegie. Both parts of this installation take photography as the fundamental tool that is used to create objects, even though a traditional “photograph” is not present in the final product.

epic adventure


                                                                futuristic landscapes

burden of dreams




curves






Building curves for scenics and dioramas.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fat Plant



New models, hand carved plaster succulent form and larger 3-d print of the Tawney Owl. Smaller objects are a relief from the massive Future Retrieval projects that have been happening.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

figures


                                                   Continuing to investigate the figure in China as well. Old forms of Deities and Mao that have been tweeked.

treeform future bonsai Jingdezhen 2014


 
several projects cast and ready for finishing
 
finished and ready for packing
hand carved plaster models

Shifting from some big Future Retrieval projects I decided to slow down and hand carve these tree forms from plaster for our residency in Jingdezhen this year. Thinking about production and material as well, one design can be oriented in several ways depending on the trunk/base. The bonsai represents time, labor, attention, and patience; which is in the core of our philosophy. 


PVD

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

mischeif

                                                                 
omen of bad luck made better 

tawny owl taxidermy 3-d scan and print

Monday, September 22, 2014

Former



                               If something happens what do we do? Its all just matter.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

tawny


Artec Eva, waiting on the Spider and a Monkey Flutist. Then things will be better.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

from the collection


This is a  13th-14th century Yuan Dynasty figurine that I found in China. The body was made from a mold while the arms and hands were individually sculpted. The modeling on this one is quite fine in contrast to other examples I looked at.

Monday, August 4, 2014

David




I have been working on some statues and tinkering with iconic sculpture. Here is Michaelangelo's David with something sinister going on. This is a small component of a large sculpture, that will make sense later. 

Bent



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Models



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. 
See the beginning here at Future Retrieval.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hawks and Rodents







A few of the many projects happening during our time here at Bemis. There is also something big and quite different that will be finished in the next day or so. More  Future Retrieval projects to come.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Residency at the Bemis Center



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.

Taming Nature


A detail of the topiary that is part of the Taming Nature show curated by Paul Donnely for NCECA in Milwaukee. The show moved to Red Star Studios in Kansas City and opened last night. More images at Future Retrieval and on Katies blog.

Update on the Bird of Prey


Geez, we finally finished the mold for the Hawk a day before the new residency (still working on the talons) , I have been obsessed about this one for several years now.  More on the project here.

From the Sketchbook




Working on some interiors for a new local establishment as well as an interior for for an interior. It will make more sense later. Everything always begins with drawing.

monkey gone to heaven, digital project at the National Museum Cardiff


We'll all take turns I'll get mine, too
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[1] 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/