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MK Guth: When Nothing Else Subsists: Smell and Taste Remain at Marylhurst University

For Release: August 30, 2012

Preview Reception: October 7, 3-5pm
Gallery talk: October 18, 12pm
Exhibition closed Thanksgiving weekend, November 22-25
Exhibition continues through December 9

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Marylhurst University opens the exhibition MK Guth: when nothing else subsists: smell and taste remain with a preview reception in The Art Gym from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 7.

Oregon artist MK Guth is launching a new body of work this fall with the exhibition "when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain" in The Art Gym at Marylhurst University.

Guth is best known for projects in which viewers' concerns are woven into ever-lengthening braids of synthetic hair, including the expression of the desires of thousands of Americans gathered by the artist across the county and presented in "Ties of Protection and Safekeeping" at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She has just completed the final project in that series and has begun a very different body of work for The Art Gym. In the new work, Guth will continue to make art that brings people into a cultural conversation — this time about the role of food in discussions of art and life.

"When from a long distant past nothing subsists after the things are broken and scattered, the smell and taste of things remain." ~ Marcel Proust

Guth uses art to deepen conversation. Inspired by Proust and others, the exhibition "when nothing else subsists: smell and taste remain" will use handmade books, sculpted serving pieces and utensils to materially propose and symbolize prospective dinners inspired by art, music, places, relationships or milestones.

Curator Terri Hopkins writes:

Like a number of MK Guth's previous works, including Red Shoe Delivery Service, the lenticulars and the braid projects, "when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain" builds on a familiar setting for social interaction. Where RSDS used the shared ride, and the braid projects tapped the intimacy of braiding another's hair, the new work uses the fundamental act of sharing food as a framework. Like the previous projects, the shared experience is scored, choreographed, orchestrated. Books providing instructions and recipes join with objects for eating and serving to provide the script for prospective dinners — "Dinner for John Cage" (which is based on the composer's "Mushrooms et Variationes"), "Dinner for the Woods" and "Dinner a Funeral."

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gym is publishing a book on the artist's recent projects, including Red Shoe Delivery Service, the lenticulars and the braid projects. Titled "MK Guth," the book includes essays by artist and scholar Thomas Zummer, art critic Kirsten Swenson and artist Molly Dilworth; and reprints of articles by art historian Dr. Juliette Peers and curator Stephanie Snyder. The 150-page hard cover book discusses the work leading up to and laying the groundwork for the new body of work "when nothing else subsists: smell and taste remain." It will be available in the gallery for $25. Once the exhibition is installed, a brochure documenting the new work in will be published to accompany the hardcover book. The publication MK Guth joins The Art Gym's more than 65 books and catalogs on art created by artists based in the Pacific Northwest.

The artist will also host a series of conversations about food around a large table built for the exhibition. Speakers will include Patricia Allen, chair of Marylhurst's new Master of Arts in Food Systems & Society; Dr. Keri Sanburn Behre faculty member in Marylhurst's Department of English; and Stephanie Snyder Director and curator of the Cooley Gallery at Reed College.

The MK Guth exhibition and publication was made possible in part by a major grant from The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Oregon. This generous gift, which is part of the foundation's initiative in the visual arts honoring the late Hallie Ford, greatly expanded the scope of the project. The Art Gym is particularly pleased to be able to use a significant portion of the grant to fund the artist's creation of new work for the exhibition. Funding was also provided by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Linda Hutchins and John Montague, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Work for Art, the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About The Art Gym

The Art Gym is a program of the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University.

It is located on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus, 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43. The Art Gym is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

About MK Guth

MK Guth is a visual artist residing in Portland, Oregon. She works in video, photography, sculpture, performance and interactive based exchange projects. Her 2011 exhibition Best Wishes at the Cosmopolitan P3 Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, was reviewed by Kirsten Swenson for Art in America. Swenson is one of the contributors to the book The Art Gym is publishing on Guth's recent work. Guth's work has also been discussed in periodicals including The New Times, Flash Art, the online edition of Artforum International Magazine and New Art Examiner. She is a recipient of a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award administered through Seattle Art Museum and an Award of Merit from the Bellevue Art Museum. Guth received a project commission from the Portland Institute for the Arts and a project commission from the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Guth has exhibited with numerous galleries and institutions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Boise Art Museum; Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia; Nottdance Festival, Nottingham, England; Swiss Institute, New York City; Betty Moody, Houston, Texas; White Columns, New York City; Artists Space, New York City; Yerba Buena, San Francisco; Henry Art Museum, Seattle; and A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Guth's video has screened both nationally and internationally. She is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland Oregon and is an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


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