Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin

Please join us February 26 (Friday) from 6 – 8 pm for an artists’ reception.

Where the Ranch Actually Was

image: Nick Vaughan & Jake Margolin “The Wagon Wheel” found road map 2015

Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin are interdisciplinary artists and a married couple.  Currently they split their time between Houston and Tulsa, Oklahoma where Vaughan is an inaugural fellow in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. They are developing a series of distinct installations, one for each American state, in response to recently uncovered and not well-known nineteenth century lesbian and gay historical figures, events and cultural artifacts.

Where The Ranch Actually Was includes a series of maps overlaid with images of what now stands at the site of historic LGBT bars and nightclubs across the state of Texas. These elaborately hand-cut road maps evoke cardiovascular systems and provide frameworks connecting geography to lost histories which created them.

The exhibition will also include sculptural remnants of performance actions in which the artists read aloud into inflatable bags, capturing their breath as a physical abstraction of the words they are reciting.  For this show they are creating breath abstractions of the landmark 2003 Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court decision making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory, and the little-known 1895 novel Norma Trist; or, Pure Carbon: A Story of The Inversion of the Sexes.  Written in La Grange, Texas by a medical doctor and published in Austin, Norma Trist features astonishingly progressive views and an unabashed lesbian protagonist.   Several performances will occur during the run of the exhibition including a recitation from this novel during the artists’ reception.

50 States: Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma will be exhibited in New York in September 2016 at the Invisible Dog Art Center.  Vaughan & Margolin received a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for their works on paper, and were resident artists at New York’s HERE Art Center (HARP) from 2010-2013.  50 States: Wyoming is on view at Art League Houston through February 27, 2016.

Through April 30, 2016

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