MK Guth | Best Wishes
Photographs and Installation
October 4 - November 24, 2012
MK Guth is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work frequently has an element of audience participation at its heart. She appropriates archetypal characters and stories from fables and mythology in order to examine contemporary issues and concerns. In the fall of 2011, Guth was invited to be an artist in residence at The Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her exhibition there was a 20-day performance in which she would invite passers by to write down their hopes and wishes on pieces of ribbon which would then be braided into her hair. She wore the ever-growing ribbons in her hair throughout the entirety of the exhibition, and toward the end her braids measured over 300 feet each in length and weighed nearly 200 pounds collectively. In the enacting of the performance Guth transformed the role of the protagonist. Here, the Rapunzel-like Guth is not saved by a prince, but instead helps to relieve others by carrying the burden of their desires. Best Wishes will include photographs and sculptures created as a result of the performance.
This exhibition will coincide with Guth’s exhibition when nothing else subsists, smell and taste remain, at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst OR), which runs October 7 through December 9, 2012. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.