Arts InSight

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)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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