M.K. Guth: Warriors

and Shift: Group Exhibition

January 6 - January 31, 2004
Opening Reception: 2nd Thursday January 8th 6-9pm

Since completing the prestigious M.F.A. program at New York University in 2002, Portland artist M.K. Guth has been dividing her time between Portland and New York City. Over the past two years her video work has been exhibited in such diverse locations as New York, New York, Bangkok, Thailand and Copenhagen, Denmark. In January 2004, Elizabeth Leach Gallery is proud to present Guth’s latest digital video works and photographs. Warriors in Oz is a 5-minute, multi-frame video in which familiar storybook characters are brought together in unfamiliar scenarios. In Warriors in Oz, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood find themselves in a lumbar yard taking on the likes of 3 female warriors. The scene feels familiar because the characters are known to us, yet Guth’s telling is that of an entirely original story.

Continuing through the end of January is the group exhibition, Shift. What do photos reveal about the passing of time? Shift presents seven artists who work in the realm of photography to investigate the layering of memories and experiences connected with a certain place or time, including: Jeremy Borsos, Chas Bowie, Timothy Buckwalter and George Korejko, Harrell Fletcher, Coco Kühn and Wiebke Loeper. Recent photographs by Canadian artist Jeremy Borsos connect images of postal envelopes dated between the 1870s and 1960s, with current day images of their destination sites. Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher, recently tapped to exhibit in the next Whitney Biennial, will exhibit rolls of undeveloped, exposed film whose fate is left in the hands of it’s future owner as to whether or not it will be developed into photographs. German artist Coco Kühn photographs stacks undistributed newspapers which transcend mere documentation of yesterday’s news to become engaging formalist compositions.

Both exhibits continue through January 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.