Jessica Vaughn

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Artist Statement

My task as an artist is to make sense of the networks of consumed resources, desirable space, labor, and class rooted in urban locations. My practice is the terrain where city segregation, displacement, care, material traces and residue left from everyday objects meets contemporary thinking. I begin a piece where there is a testimony of lived experience and material objects that have traces of everyday life. Guided by thinkers and authors who study urban planning, Black studies, social and cultural studies my intuition directs my material choices.

I create artworks like the piece Carpetbagger, that exist on the floor by cutting, rolling-up and collaging together materials such as used domestic carpets, building concrete, asphalt, paper and chewed gum. My photographs are often sandwiched against, on top of, or next to similar discarded materials and readymade armatures to keep these assemblages afloat against backdrops of the city. The juxtaposition of materials in my work is a reflection of experiencing the gestures of code-switching that positions Black people in urban space for economic survival.

The provisional construction of my images reflect on the psychological depth of living in cities where access to social and material capital is in flux and care of these spaces are questioned. Recently I have situated avatars made of materials found in urban spaces into landscapes that are less densely populated. While onsite I improvise scenarios in which my printed images exist. The series Exteriors points to the collapse and suspension of backdrop and postcard size images onto real landscapes to push the unreliability of the image and what it promises as a space for future usage.

CV

www.jessvaughn.com

EDUCATION

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 2015, Skowhegan, ME

Whitney Independent Study Program 2012-2013, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

University of Pennsylvania 2011, Master of Fine Arts, MFA

Carnegie Mellon University 2006, Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, BHA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Working, Art on Armitage, Chicago, IL 2011

Toppled, University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD 2009

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Made in Woodstock VII, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

2015

Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Say It Back To Me, DiverseWorks (offsite), Houston, TX

3rd Annual AIM Biennale, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

2015 Village Fete, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Itinerant Belongings, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

2013

Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn, NY

Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

ff Presents The Oracle, The Wand, Berlin, DE

Group Exhibition, Whitney Independent Studio Program, New York, NY

2012

Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Do Anything, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, CA

2011

VOX VII, Vox Popuil Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Watchwords, Cauldron Projekts, Birmingham, AL

MFA 2011 Thesis Exhibition, Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA

2010

Rhyming the Antecedent, Addams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

A-Game, The Park School of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2009

LATITUDE, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY

AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & RESIDENCIES

2016

Cole Fellowship Visiting Artist, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

2015-16

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency, New York, NY

2015

Artist in Residence, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

DiverseWorks, Project Grant, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

2014

Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency, Woodstock, NY

2013

Visiting Artist, Project Row House, Houston, TX

2011-2012

Exhibitions/Curatorial Fellowship, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

2010

Kraus Family Foundation Award, WorldStudio AIGA Scholarship

Vermont Studio Center Residency and Full Fellowship, Johnson, VT

2009-2011

University of Pennsylvania Masters of Fine Arts Full Academic Fellowship

2008

Project Grant, Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP)

Women’s Studio Workshop Fellowship, Rosendale, NY

LECTURES

2016

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Visiting Artist Lecture

2014

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, Jessica Vaughn in conversation with Karen Beckman, PhD and

Louis Massiah, The Bombing of Osage Avenue

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, Artist Lecture

2013

Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, Artist Lecture

2009

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Exhibition Lecture

2008

Women’s Studio Workshop, Stone Ridge, NY, Artist Lecture Series, Ulster County Community College

Columbia College, Chicago, IL, Studio Lecture Series

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS

Bui, Phong, Flam, Jack. Come Together Surviving Sandy, Year 1. Skira and Dedalus Foundation. 2015.

“Bronx Museum Showcases (and Helps) Emerging Artists.” New York Times, July 10, 2015.

Clocktower Radio, Artist in Residence Interview, May, 2015.

Center for Photography at Woodstock. Artist In Residence Video Interview. February, 2015.

Itinerant Belongings Exhibition Catalog. Cortez, Iggy, Ickes, Charlotte. Slought Foundation. November, 2014

“Project Row Houses at Twenty.” Dennis, Ryan. Studio Museum Magazine. Winter/Spring 2014.

“Project Row Houses: Recovering and Teaching Houston’s History.” Shannon, Chelsea. Golf Coast Magazine. January 17, 2014.

Curatorial Staff. November, 2013. “Jessica Vaughn, Featured Artist.” Sculpture Center Blog.

Russeth, Andrew. May 28, 2013.   “9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 2nd.” Gallerist

Merjian, Ara. Winter, 2013. “Critic’s Pick: Fore.” Artforum.

“Racial Redefinition in Progress. ‘Fore’ at Studio Museum in Harlem.” Cotter, Holland. New York Times. November 30, 2012

Lott, Jessica. November 20, 2012. “Alchemy of Inspiration ‘Fore’ward at The Studio Museum in Harlem.” Art21 Blog.

“An Artist Portfolio. 6 From Fore.” Indrisek, Scott. Modern Painters Magazine. November, 2012

FORE Exhibition Catalog. Haynes, Lauren, Keith J. Naima, Lax, Thomas. Studio Museum in Harlem. November 2012

Toppled Exhibition Catalog. Milad, Jackie. University of Maryland, Union Gallery. October 30, 2009

LATITUDE Exhibition Catalog, Lax, Thomas. Rush Arts Gallery. January 30, 2009

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY