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Laura Hughes in Disjecta Exhibition

Art faculty Laura Hughes is one of four artists invited to create a site-specific installation for Disjecta's current exhibition, The Lathe of Heaven, open now through December 30, 2012.

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The Lathe of Heaven is a group exhibition featuring new work by four local artists in conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin's 1971 science fiction novel of the same name. The show explores the physical and spiritual geography of Portland through site specific installations by artists Damien Gilley, Daniel Glendening, Laura Hughes and Jordan Tull.

Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven focuses on the actions of George Orr, a man who has dreams that change reality for everyone on the planet. Through the guidance and manipulation of a government appointed psychologist, Orr's dreams are used to try and shape the world into a utopia—an effort that continuously leads to unintended negative consequences. Throughout the novel, the landmarks of Portland remain the singular constants in a rapidly shifting reality.

Inspired by Le Guin's text, Disjecta's curator-in-residence Josephine Zarkovich has invited four artists to produce work that resonates with the novel's themes of overlapping visions, architectural interventions and flawed utopian ideals. The resulting exhibition explores Portland's metaphorical and literal landscapes, its geography and unique identity through the work of artists who call the city home.

"Things don't have purposes, as if the universe were a machine, where every part has a useful function. What's the function of a galaxy? I don't know if our life has a purpose and I don't see that it matters. What does matter is that we're a part. Like a thread in a cloth or a grass-blade in a field. It is and we are. What we do is like wind blowing on the grass." — George Orr, The Lathe of Heaven

Laura Hughes is an installation artist based in Portland, Oregon. She creates site-specific projects that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perceptions. Hughes is a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards; a recipient of a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission; and was recently included in the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum.  She is currently a professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Marylhurst University.

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