For the next few months, both Guy and myself are artists in residence in Omaha, NE at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Our live/work studio space is amazing - hard to put those first few thumbtacks in the wall... We have a couple new projects lined up (one is massive) to really take advantage of the space and total artistic freedom.
GMD for the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, for a show opening in a little over a month. We have all the parts together, so we have been arranging and rearranging in the studio, combining my cut paper work with Mike's extensive taxidermy collection. Here is a rough cut.
our dog Chewy with a nod to Alexander Rodchenko and Bruce Goff for The Art of Food at The Carnegie next week. Naturally making perfect sense.
One of the first pieces from a new series with GMD, Grand Theft. China painted in a similar style as this cut paper wallpaper, I am trying to separate colors and mimic block printing.
Grand Theft Lion, floral11" x 13"x 7", porcelain, china paint, gold leaf
new 3d flower print - scanned from a porcelain flower I had made in Jingdezhen China last summer. I love the way the middle turns sculptural when the size is scaled up. Flowers on left are 5", 2", and 1" in size. I can't wait to have piles of these to mess around with. (soon)
in the works... thinking about new backdrops for future installations. Working in the heat of the good studio, this is a nice change of pace from slipcasting and moldmaking. My audible subscription is really going to pay off this summer.
The Living Room at the CAC - installation views of the exhibition.
This show is a collaborative effort between myself and Guy, Terence Hammonds, Paul Coors, and Such + Such. Curated by Justine Ludwig, she proposed ideas of transforming the gallery into an actual living space, letting the public interact with the work. There are spaces to watch "tv", sit on the couch, hang around the table, and climb through a 3 story treehouse. More process photos here and a nice write up at artforum.com here. (more documentation to come).
photos by Tony Walsh courtesy of the CAC and Jordan Tate
I had this really great conversation with a collector who was interested in the "constant" in a studio practice - the way of working an artist goes back to time and time again. For me, it is the tile. It is a place to be painterly, experimental, modular, with a nod to function tied in. Tiles seem to be limitless in the form and shapes they can take - and are the perfect surface for dealing with imagery and composition. Working at Rookwood with Terence and GMD this year, we might just have a dream team scenario for tile and surface. Here is a peek into our fireplace project for the CAC this May.
In the last few months, both Guy Michael Davis and myself have been making work with Rookwood Pottery here in Cincinnati. We are using their historical forms and molds to make new pieces that reflect our collaborative studio practice. This honeybear form (originally produced in 1948) is one of my favorites - so I started with some harlequin style cut decal ornamentation.
6" x 5" x 3" each
Nymphenburg Still Life installation, approx. 30' x 6' x 22", porcelain, cut paper, neon, wood, gold leaf
Alphonso Taft Busts, installation, approx. 45' x 20' x12', porcelain, decals, china paint, luster
Hy-Que Monkey(s) installation view
Lithophane Tumblers, installation view
Wolfie and Honey Bear Vases, collaboration with Rookwood Pottery, 11" x 8" x 6", porcelain
A few more from our show at Belger/Red Star. All the images from the show are posted here if you want to see more.
About the show: Two 2003 graduates of the renowned Kansas City Art Institute Ceramics Department return to Kansas City to install site-specific work at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios. Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis both teach at the University of Cincinnati and frequently create installations as a team known as Future Retrieval. For the upcoming Kansas City installation, Parker and Davis visited the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios along with the Belger Foundation art collection. Responding to the works they found, Parker and Davis are creating new work using archival molds found at the Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati. Belger Arts Center gallery assistant Mo Dickens said, “I have known both these young artists since their sophomore year at KCAI. We stayed in touch through their MFA years at Ohio State University and I think they are making very interesting work. After seeing work that was created for the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, we are very excited to see how these two will respond to the Belger Collection.” This exhibition is a collaboration between Belger Art Center and Red Star Studios.