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


                                                   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. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


omen of bad luck made better 

tawny owl taxidermy 3-d scan and print

Monday, September 22, 2014


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

Sunday, September 21, 2014


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


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. 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Keep Jingdezhen Weird

Some process images of things I was working on while in Jingdezhen this last December. Finished images still to come.
 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.

After some minor trial and error the giant rats came out perfect, I ended up buying a porcelain horse that my work fell onto in the kiln which was pretty funny.
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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Decisions for Jingdezhen

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.

Space Odyssey

New phone packaging is making for perfect futuristic coffins for my bird collections.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Striker part II

I am so excited to finalize the scanning of the taxidermy Coopers Hawk, this one has been quite an adventure. It will be off to the 3-d printer soon. I think it will be a fine compliment to 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 .

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.

This was a new display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, its all birds modeled by Kandler for Meissen around 1740.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rat Race

Someone call the Piper. The rat and I go way back and I want to use this guy for some of the more architectural themed projects that are coming up for Future Retrieval. We foresee this 3-d scan of the freeze dried rat printed out about the size of a Gremlin, maybe..

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Living Room at the Contemporary Arts Center

This is a collaborative exhibition we have up at the Contemporary Arts Center. The show runs through September 2 here are some links to what people have been saying.   City Beat , ArtForum  ,ArtHopper,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From the Sketchbook

                                             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. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Striker the Accipiter

I have been talking about it for quite some time but finally the hawk project is underway. I will never be able to match my hero John James Audubon, but my pursuit is also a different one.
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.