Category: Future Retrieval

August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in Creative Boom: “The artists reappropriating ‘feminine crafts’ through a queer lens”

There’s been a resurgence in recent years of artists using materials like textiles and ceramics in siting domestic settings as creative spaces, a nod to the influence of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration (P & D) art movement. WRITTEN BY: EMILY GOSLING 3 AUGUST 2021   New York-based gallery Denny Dimin Gallery attributes much of this resurgence to the movement’s promotion of female artists and its interest; though it also likely chimes with contemporary practitioners thanks to its place on…Read More


August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed in The New Yorker

In the early nineteen-seventies, a group of American artists who shared an unironic love of craft, vivid color, and kitsch—rebels against the ornamentation-averse restraint of the Minimalists—became known as the Pattern and Decoration movement (a.k.a. P&D). By the mid-eighties, the initial enthusiasm, mostly in Europe, for the group’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles had waned. Individual artists succeeded, but P&D was written off as a footnote that was slightly embarrassing. (And also threatening: it’s no coincidence that the group’s focus…Read More


July 16, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in DART: “Pattern & Decoration: Now from Then”

Ruling families of the Renaissance, such as the Medici, exerted their influence through political intrigue, war and art, as can be seen in The Met’s presentation of The Medici: Portraits & Politics 1512-1570. American high culture, a construct of large institutions, mostly white, endowed by the wealth of corporate donors, also mostly white, is undergoing a radical shift, as consumers are beginning to exert their power to press for better representation of the publics that make up that body of consumers. Above:…Read More

Read on DART.

March 31, 2021 Events

‘Two of a Kind: Future Retrieval’s “Close Parallel” at the Cincinnati Art Museum review in AEQAI

by Susan Byrnes on March 27th, 2021   In mid-March, the 2021 National Council on Education of the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual conference was to be held in Cincinnati. Due to the pandemic, this highly anticipated event was changed to a virtual conference. However, in preparation for the conference, many exhibitions of ceramics were planned well in advance. The Cincinnati Art Museum, the Weston Gallery, Manifest, and the galleries at Northern Kentucky University, just to name a few, are currently…Read More

Read on AEQAI.

March 02, 2021 Press

“Future Retrieval: Close Parallel Combines Eras of Art In New, Interesting Ways” in Cincinnati Refined

  Future Retrieval: Close Parallel opens at the Cincinnati Art Museum on February 26 and features contemporary reimaginings of works from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection. Future Retrieval is the name of the studio collaboration of artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, who are both former University of Cincinnati DAAP faculty members. While they primarily work in porcelain, in Close Parallel, they have also incorporated other media, like intricately designed cut-paper pieces, fabric, wood, and metal. The works pulse with energy…Read More


February 25, 2021 Press

“Future Retrieval’s “Close Parallel” Exhibition Launches This Month at Cincinnati Art Museum” in CityBeat

Future Retrieval’s “Close Parallel” Exhibition Launches This Month at Cincinnati Art Museum Mackenzie Manley Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis – aka art duo (and married couple) Future Retrieval – spent most of 2020 creating art for their solo exhibition Close Parallel for the Cincinnati Art Museum, which opens Feb. 26. It’s the biggest show of their lives, they say — one that has been years in the making. After years in Cincinnati, the pair moved to Arizona in late June of…Read More

Read on CityBeat.

February 02, 2021 Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval’s Exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum

Future Retrieval: Close Parallel Cincinnati Art Museum February 26–August 29, 2021 Vance Waddell and Mayerson Galleries. Free admission. Future Retrieval, the studio collaboration of former University of Cincinnati faculty members Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, appropriates imagery and forms from historical objects to create new art that speaks to our twenty-first-century experience. Their practice is rooted in ceramic art, but also incorporates a diverse mix of media and techniques that combine age-old methods with new technologies. For this exhibition,…Read More


October 06, 2020 Press

Future Retrieval in Vogue

A First Look at The Planter Show, an Exhibition That Proves the Playful Potential of Flower Pots By Lilian Ramzi | September 24, 2020 A thumbs-up, a Nike shoe, and more reimaginings of the planter. Photo: Courtesy of Fort Makers On the ground-floor corner of Manhattan’s Hester and Orchard Streets is a gallery with almost floor to ceiling windows that invite in the eyes of passersby. It’s an exhibition space belonging to Fort Makers Gallery, and as of this week,…Read More

Read on Vogue.

August 25, 2018 Press

Future Retrieval in show reviewed in LA Times

Review: Humor and human clay meld in ‘The Incongruous Body’ at AMOCA If there was any question about the connection between the material of the self — human clay — and the stuff of sculpture, Robert Arneson’s 1988 work on paper, “Head Wedged,” makes the relationship clear. The ferociously funny Funkmeister renders himself in terracotta hues, scrunching his chin with one hand and reaching his opposite arm overhead to press against his temple. He’s doing to himself what ceramic artists…Read More


June 28, 2018 Events, Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval Exhibiting at American Museum of Ceramics in Los Angeles

Read on American Museum of Ceramic Art. Humor, as E.B. White suggests, is often an uncooperative topic to explore critically. Like our bodies, it is idiosyncratic, can be awkward, weird or surprising, and it can be uncomfortable to scrutinize too closely. Yet much of the art of the 20th century depended upon it. Where would we be today without the rapier wit of the Dadaists, the irony of Pop, the subversive attitude of Funk, or the dark comic vision of the…Read More


June 28, 2018 Events, Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval Exhibiting at Visions West Contemporary in Denver

Read on Visions West Contemporary. Founded in 2008, Future Retrieval is the studio collaboration of Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker. The pieces created utilize three-dimensional scanning and digital manufacturing of found forms that are molded and constructed in porcelain, mimicking the history of decorative arts and design. Our process addresses the conceptualization, discovery, and acquisition of form, to make content-loaded sculptures that reference design and are held together by craft. We incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to our work, striving to…Read More


June 20, 2018 Press

Future Retrieval’s Cincinnati Art Museum Acquisition in City Beats

A milestone in the revival of a famous Cincinnati name A new Rookwood fireplace, designed by local artists Terence Hammonds, Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, has been given to the Cincinnati Art Museum by the company and artists. By: Erin Couch Posted on: June 12, 2018 Read on City Beat. Rookwood Pottery has a storied place in Cincinnati lore, as well as in the Cincinnati Art Museum — it owns over 400 examples of Rookwood works, with 100 of…Read More


June 20, 2018 Press

Cincinnati Art Museum Acquires Work By Future Retrieval

New Acquisition: When Past and Present Collide By: Amy Dehan Posted on: May 29, 2018 Read on the Museum Blog. Among the beloved early-twentieth-century Rookwood murals, fireplace and fountain in The Procter & Gamble Gallery (G126), you’ll now find a striking new addition: The Living Room Fireplace. Working in partnership with The Rookwood Pottery Company, Cincinnati artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis (who work collaboratively as Future Retrieval) and Terence Hammonds created the fireplace in 2013 for The Living Room,…Read More


December 08, 2017 Press

Future Retrieval Reviewed on Art F City Podcast

Gentrification, Income Inequality and Donald Trump Baby Turds by Paddy Johnson on November 24, 2017 Listen to Podcast In this episode of Explain Me William Powhida and Paddy Johnson talk about the 450 million dollar Leonardo Da Vinci of disputed authenticity and the Boyle Heights activists who follow artist Laura Owen’s from L.A. to New York to protest her non-profit 365 Mission while she visited The Whitney. Activists believe the presence of her gallery will lead to displacement. Additionally, we discuss the exhibitions listed below.


October 27, 2017 Press

Future Retrieval exhibition featured in Art Zealous

Future Retrieval Comes to NYC with New Solo Exhibition October 26, 2017 by Caitlin Confort Read on Art Zealous We’re excited to announce that our friends at Future Retrieval opened their first solo exhibition with Denny Gallery in NYC entitled Permanent Spectacle. Dynamic duo, Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker, spent the past year in their studio working on Permanent Spectacle, which was first shown at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA this spring. The pair worked with the…Read More


April 01, 2017 Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval Exhibiting at Fuller Craft Museum

Future Retrieval: Permanent Spectacle April 15, 2017 – October 1, 2017 Permanent Spectacle features a fantastical world that reinterprets museum exhibition and display. The immersive tableau includes constructed landscapes, scenic hand-cut wallpaper, wildlife, and other objects that have been altered through the process of digital collection and material selection. Created by Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker working collaborative under the name Future Retrieval, the site specific installation is informed by the duo’s extensive research of historical collections from the…Read More


January 04, 2017 Press

Future Retrieval Interviewed by Art Zealous

Future Retrieval: Historic Objects through a Contemporary Lens By Caitlin Confort, January 4, 2017 Read on Art Zealous. Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis work collectively under the name Future Retrieval. They met in Cincinnati where they are both fine art professors and have been collab-ing since 2008, developing a unique aesthetic centered on craft and good design. Parker and Davis make influential historic objects relevant today by examining the original context of each piece and re-positioning it into a contemporary dialogue…Read More


April 27, 2016 Press

Future Retrieval in Sculpture Magazine

Read in Sculpture Magazine. By Kate Bonansinga, printed in the March 2016 issue.


March 08, 2016 Press

Both Denny Gallery rooms included in Paddy Johnson’s SPRING/BREAK review

The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK by PADDY JOHNSON on MARCH 7, 2016 Read on Art F City. Walking around SPRING/BREAK this Saturday seemed indicative of a watershed moment. The artist-centric movement we’ve been tracking for the last several years is finally gaining more visibility and commercial success and no where is that more evident than this fair. Located on the administrative floors at Moynihan Station (above the main post office), over 100 curated projects took over once…Read More


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