MK Guth: Paying Attention
January 20 – April 1, 2018
Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is pleased to present MK Guth: Paying Attention, featuring the work of nationally recognized Portland, Oregon, artist MK Guth. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition opens January 20 and continues through April 1 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.
Over the past fifteen years, Guth has brought people together into cultural conversations with one another, through her photography, video, installations, performances, and mixed-media works. Paying Attention, features a range of new and previously created still-life installations, where Guth draws upon the interactive nature of conceptual art to invite her audience to explore how social interaction is shaped through rites and treasured objects.
With the installation What Needs to Be Said, visitors can share their thoughts and beliefs about topics such as art, ecology, identity, love, and politics, by writing their answers into five books created by the artist. Guth says these books “act as a container for our collective thoughts and desires for a world beyond what we know, what we have, and what we desire.”
A series of still-life shelf installations inspire visitors to continue their experience at home by providing specific instructions for thought-provoking and interactive themed dinners. For instance, Dinner to Plan a Revolution features a shelf with various objects, a suggested menu, and instructions that Guth says are “designed to bring a group of people together in discussion around a table to speak to what each believe needs changing."
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