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Artists Remapping American History

Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve used an actual paper map – unless you’re just not a smartphone person. But nonetheless, maps and roads are a big part of American iconography. And that iconography is also a big part of the work of artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. For example, they’ll painstakingly cut out […]

Maybe it's been awhile since you've used an actual paper map – unless you're just not a smartphone person. But nonetheless, maps and roads are a big part of American iconography.

And that iconography is also a big part of the work of artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. For example, they'll painstakingly cut out the negative space from a map – leaving behind only the web of multi-colored roads and highways – and then overlay that on silhouettes western imagery, such as cowboys. Lately, they're creating works based on all 50 states and incorporating often little-known LGBT stories from those states.

They recently told Houston Public Media's Troy Schulze about one of those works, 50 States: Wyoming, which is on display through Feb. 27 at Art League Houston.

You can learn more about their work on Arts InSight, Friday night (Feb. 5, 2016) at 8:30 on Houston Public Media, TV 8.

MORE:
50 State Project
Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin Artist Website
Re-Mapping American History (Arts InSight, Jan. 29, 2016)