A review in Arts + Culture TX of The Scene (Houston: 1969-1981) at Devin Borden Gallery featuring works by Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin:
Stepping into The Scene (Houston: 1969 -1981) at Devin Borden Gallery, the space seemed small, tight. The works on the walls, framed maps and cutouts and a monitor likewise overlaid with a map, had a subtlety to them that allowed for a sense of openness in the room. It was here that Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolinpresented a mix of older works and some new concepts generated from a series of interviews.
The piece from which the exhibition title takes its name is a series of 8 framed map cutouts similar to pieces presented by the pair earlier in the year and in years prior. The title, The Scene (Houston: 1969 -1981), provides context for the images. As the artists cut away maps to reveal images, they unleash bits of Houston’s hidden history. On the opposite wall hung a new series devised by Vaughan and Margolin, Houston Migrations, in which the artists documented their own journeys to Houston and then interviewed locals to learn of their paths here. The documentation takes the form of discombobulated maps that hop around and skip through space and time, reimagining geography to denote specific sites and make note of time and duration. Cut off by a black curtain, the front room of the gallery was striking yet meditative. Walking through that curtain, though, was akin to stepping into another world.