Future Retrieval







Future Retrieval is the collaboration of Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis.

Born 1980 in Jonesboro, AR and 1978 in Bartlesville, OK respectively. Both live in Scottsdale, AZ.

(Katie Parker: SHE/HER/HERS; Guy Michael Davis: HE/HIM/HIS)

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, striving to make influential historic objects relevant to today.

Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona. Parker is currently an Assistant Director and Associate Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University. They both received their MFA from The Ohio State University and BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, MO. Their most recent solo exhibitions include Close Parallel at the Cincinnati Art Museum (2021), Permanent Spectacle at Denny Gallery (2017) and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA (2017). Their work is held in numerous collections such as Arizona State University Ceramics Research Center (Tempe, AR), Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, OH), 21C Museum/Hotel (Durham, NC), Society of Dresden Porcelain Art (Frietal, Germany), and The Pottery Workshop (Jingdezhen, China). They are the recipients of prestigious awards and residencies such as the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency.

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Close Parallel
Cincinnati Art Museum
02.26.2021 - 08.29.2021
The Incongruous Body
American Museum of Ceramic Art
08.11.2018 - 02.17.2019
Fuller Craft Museum
04.15.2017 - 10.01.2017
September 22, 2022 Press

Future Retrieval Acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum

After Kandler, Yellow Tureen (2020) by Future Retrieval was acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, following their expansive exhibition Close Parallel in 2021.

May 13, 2022 Events, Press

Future Retrieval Reviewed in The Art Newspaper

What if our lives could be as thoroughly designed and ordered as the interior of an aquarium?

August 03, 2021 Events, Press

Fringe featured in Interior Design: “Highlights from ‘With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985′”

This very connection between the past and present prompted the Denny Dimin Gallery in Manhattan to organize the ongoing group exhibition, “Fringe.”

March 31, 2021 Events

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

Traditionally the decorative arts are concerned with the aesthetics of functional objects such as furniture, vessels, and textiles, which are often designed to be reproduced. “Close Parallel” initiates a bold and daring conversation about perceptions of form and function through domestic vignettes that feature unusual juxtapositions and mutating motifs.

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.

February 25, 2021 Press

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

The art duo’s “Close Parallel” exhibition launches this month at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Read on CityBeat.

February 02, 2021 Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval’s Exhibition at Cincinnati Art Museum

Future Retrieval’s exhibition Close Parallel at the Cincinnati Art Museum, February 26–August 29, 2021.

September 24, 2020 Press

Future Retrieval in Vogue

Future Retrieval included in a group exhibition, The Planter Show at Fort Makers Gallery and reviewed in Vogue.

Read on Vogue.

February 06, 2020 Events, Press

Fabricating History: A Conversation with Future Retrieval

Future Retrieval’s work offers a layered understanding of the present while holding on to the past and looking toward the future.

August 25, 2018 Press

Future Retrieval in show reviewed in LA Times

Future Retrieval, a collaborative, presents an enigmatic trio of objects that invoke ancient relics but also up-to-the-minute products of a 3-D printer, conflating authenticity and artifice.

June 28, 2018 Events, Outside Exhibitions

Future Retrieval Exhibiting at American Museum of Ceramics in Los Angeles

The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) is proud to present The Incongruous Body, curated by Tim Berg who brings together fourteen artists  who represent, stylize, hybridize, and deconstruct the human body to starkly different comic effect.

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

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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