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Artist to display work at LCT's 'An Inspector Calls'

Lewis Carroll once posed the question "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" But for local artist Matt Hughes, the question might be "Why is a red-tailed hawk like the philosophy of Immanuel Kant?"

Visitors might be able to find the answer during Lawton Community Theatre's production of "An Inspector Calls," where Hughes will be the featured artist.

"My inspiration for some of the pieces in this show come from my newfound interest in natural forms and philosophy," Hughes said. "I've never really worked with birds before, but fell in love with painting them early last year. A few of the paintings being displayed will feature various birds in watercolor, as well as collage elements from the writings of Kant, Aristotle, and Locke."

Hughes' work will be displayed in the John Denney Playhouse for the duration of the show. He hopes to have around 15 pieces on display by the show's opening this Friday.

While the show will not feature a specific theme, most of the work Hughes will have on display will be pieces he has created as demonstrations for the courses he teaches at the Leslie Powell Gallery, where he is the executive director and curator.

"I've always been drawn to using big bodies of text as texture, just something so that there is some noise in the picture so that everything is just not flat," Hughes said.

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