Seattle

Ann Lislegaard

Henry Art Gallery

Science fiction as a literary and filmic genre is distinguished in large part by its exponents’ appetite for extreme conjecture, and by the need for writers and directors working in this domain to elaborate those conjectures into fantastical worlds that answer not to natural law or existent social structures, but to decrees set forth and imposed by the creator. In this sense, science fiction also supports a model of overstated authorship that presumes facets of a narrative cannot be borrowed from the observed world, but must instead emanate from the author’s mind.

Though each of the works in Ann Lislegaard’s exhibition “2062” originates in a particular work of science fiction, this does not mean that she is out to channel the individual visions of the authors: the creative delirium of J. G. Ballard, say, or the epic sweep of Samuel R. Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin (to refer to the artist’s

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