Future Retrieval


  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Artist talk begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s Campus

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Past Present Future Retrieval

Since 2008, Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker have been working collectively under the name Future Retrieval. Through this collaboration they have developed a unique aesthetic centered on good craft and design, creating installation work that builds on a shared love of history. Working together and with other artists across the country allows them to create projects more formidable in scale, as well as enlarge the amount of technology and processes used in the making. Their process is in the conceptualization, discovery, and acquisition of form – lately objects of art historical significance.

Their Patterns series artist talk titled Past Present Future Retrieval, will focus on their research through museums and collections around the world, building idealized environments set against patterns and scenic wallpapers. Together they fabricate fantastical spaces filled with artifacts that re-examine the way decorative art objects are typically presented. The artists will move through the variety of processes and tools they employ in their studio – from 3D scanning and printing to mold making, woodworking, paper cutting, and weaving. Each project begins with a research component as the artists divide and conquer to mimic art objects made at the pinnacle of their craft, refreshing them for the future while celebrating the past.


Future Retrieval is a collaboration between artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis based in Cincinnati, OH where they work at the University of Cincinnati’s, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Future Retrieval utilizes three-dimensional scanning and digital manufacturing of found forms that are molded and constructed in porcelain, mimicking the history of decorative arts and design. Their process addresses the conceptualization, discovery, and acquisition of form to make content-loaded sculptures that reference design and are held together by craft. They incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to their work, making influential historic objects relevant today.

Parker and Davis both received their MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Future Retrieval’s work has been in exhibitions at Lloyd Library and Museum, Denny Dimin Gallery, and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA among others. Their work is held in numerous collections such as Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Society of Dresden Porcelain Art in Frietal, Germany. They are the recipients of awards and residencies such as the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency.

Learn more about Future Retrieval at futureretrieval.com.

Next Day Q+A Lunch with Future Retrieval

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RMCAD faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the VASD Program and artists Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker of Future Retrieval for a casual Q+A session over lunch. This intimate gathering provides an opportunity to further discuss the ideas presented in the previous night’s artist talk and engage with our special guests. A light lunch will be provided.

Studio Visits with Future Retrieval

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Various locations

Request a Studio Visit >

Artists Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker of Future Retrieval will conduct one-on-one, 30-minute studio visits with RMCAD students.

All RMCAD students from all academic departments are welcome to participate. You do not need to have a studio in Spivak to participate.

To reserve a spot for this special opportunity RMCAD students are required to fill out the form at rmcad.edu/studiovisit by Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted your request. The VASD Program Committee will review submissions and selected students will be notified by Friday, September 13, 2019.

Please contact Tobias Fike at tfike@rmcad.edu with any questions.

Studio Visit Time Slots

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
9:40am – 10:10am Studio visit #1 and #2
10:20am – 10:50am Studio visit #3 and #4
11:00am – 11:30am Studio visit #5 and #6
1:00pm – 1:30pm Studio visit #7 and #8
1:40pm – 2:10pm Studio visit #9 and #10
2:20pm – 2:50pm Studio visit #11 and #12
3:00pm – 3:30pm Studio visit #13 and #14


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