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February 24, 2007
Ken Butler Exhibition at the Art Gym

Ken Butler

Hybrid Visions, 1986 - 2006

Art Gym, Marylhurst University

April 10 - May 16, 2007 "Ken Butler's work is enormously interesting,
particularly his idea of recycling and giving voice to found objects" – Laurence Libin, curator of musical instruments Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Collaborating with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Marylhurst will bring the New York-based native Oregonian home. The project seeks to introduce Oregon audiences to the profound and, at the same time, highly entertaining work of Ken Butler.

Phase One, which this grant will support, will include two exhibitions – one in the Portland metropolitan area and one in Salem. The Marylhurst exhibition is timed to coincide with the International Sculpture Symposium sponsored by Sculpture Magazine in Spring 2007. The Hallie Ford presentation will follow in June and July.

Ken Butler: Hybrid Instruments will include 60 of the artist's infinitely inventive and witty "hybrid instruments" – film reel and tennis racket guitars, cowboy boot violins, axe cellos, styrofoam packaging pianos. The artist will also perform at each venue, and participating museums will have the option to offer workshops for college students, adults and children.

Butler has shown and performed at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has been featured on PBS, CNN, MTV and NBC's Tonight Show.

"It's not just that Ken Butler knows how to bow stringed parade rifles, play dental dams like trumpets and construct keyboards from aluminum crutches, it's that he knows how to play them well." – Neil Strauss, The Village Voice

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MK Guth
MK Guth has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. Freshly
back from the
Whitney Biennial in New York, Guth will be honored as the seventeenth artist to
receive this prestigious Northwest artist award.

Guth's work will also be included in Everything vs Nothing at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, in New
York, opening April 11th, and The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics opening
today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Malia Jensen
Malia Jensen presents a selection of sculpture and works on paper at Richard Gray Gallery in
New York, on view through April 19.


Matt McCormick
TheNorthwest Film Center presents an evening with Matt McCormick, Wednesday, April 9, 8pm.
McCormick will present his latest short, THE PROBLEM OF MACHINES THAT
COMMUNICATE
(2008), along with a selection of short films and recent music videos.


Joe Thurston This weekend, Joe Thurston presents a selection of new relief paintings in
the Bridge Art Fair in New York. (Booth #14, Toomey Tourell Gallery)


Mark R. Smith
Mark R. Smith presents the interactive installation COMPASS with Maria T.D. Inocencio, as part of
Portland's Artist in Residence program in the South Waterfront neighborhood.
Visit southwaterfront[dot]com for more information, along with workshop and studio hours.







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