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MK Guth: when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain

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MK Guth: when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain

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

Inspired by Proust and a long history of artworks using and commenting on food, Oregon artist MK Guth is launching a new body of work this fall with the exhibition when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain. M.K. Guth uses art to deepen conversation. when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain will use handmade books, sculpted serving pieces and utensils to materially propose and symbolize potential dinners inspired by art, music, places, relationships or milestones.

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 country and presented in Ties of Protection and Safekeeping at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She 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.

Like a number of MK Guth’s previous works, when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain builds on a familiar setting for social interaction. Where her project Red Shoe Delivery Service 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 future dinners—Dinner for John Cage (based on the composer’s Mushrooms et Variationes), Dinner for the Woods, Dinner for Crying.

Conversations Around the Table

The artist will host a series of conversations about food around a large table built for the exhibition. Speakers will include Dr. Patricia Allen, director of Marylhurst’s new master’s degree in Food Systems & Society; Dr. Keri Sanburn Behre, member of faculty of the Department of English of Marylhurst University; Philip and Gayle Neuman, members of the Marylhurst University music faculty; artist Crystal Baxley; and Stephanie Snyder, Director and curator of the Cooley Gallery at Reed College.

Curated by: Terri Hopkins

On View: October 8 – December 9, 2012