A profile of two intrepid thoughtful artists who unearth buried histories for marginalized communities, published in Arts + Culture TX:
Vaughan and Margolin often speak humbly about the depth of research that goes into their work. The two are married interdisciplinary artists who pull from backgrounds in the visual and performing arts (theatrical design for Nick, drama for Jake) to draw lines between LGBTQ histories in the U.S. and contemporary queer experiences. Their work has been shown at Art League Houston and Devin Borden Gallery, as well as spaces in New York City, Chicago, and Pittsburgh, PA.
“We are absolutely not historians,” Vaughan stated. “We are amateur sleuths.” True as this might be, the two artists have dedicated their recent years to cultural research in a series they’ve titled 50 States. State by state, they delve into the Queer history of the United States, and they do not take their impact lightly. 50 States: TEXAS will be shown as part of FotoFest/HCP‘s re/thinking photography Conceptual Photography from Texas, Oct. 20 through Nov. 25.
The social nature of their collective practice involves entering communities, taking in-depth looks at both community and individual histories. As any artist working in a new community should, they enter with no preconceptions and remain open to being guided by local leaders.