Endeavor, WI, 2013. Archival pigment print. 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Madison, WI

Overview

Jason Vaughn’s portfolio of Wisconsin deer stands takes its place in the history of twentieth-century typological photography. This methodical approach to image making is most familiarly associated with Bernd and Hilla Becher, the German photographers who systematically documented variations in a specific “type” of building, such as blast furnaces and water towers. More than a straightforward, collective portrait of all types of deer stands, however, Vaughn’s typological series reflects on Wisconsin families and traditions. Seeking out these stands and subsequently locating their owners, the artist became aware of the familial connections forged through the very Midwestern custom of deer hunting, with seasoned hunters passing down techniques, values, and even hand-built structures to coming generations.

Biography

Jason Vaughn was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2011. He is a fine art documentary photographer who focuses on Middle America, showcasing everyday people and scenes in a way that is suggestive of melancholy and permanence. He continues work on Hibernation, a project that focuses on the seasonal rituals of men who desire to control the environment. Another major project, hide, uses Wisconsin hunting stands as a reflection on legacies and family. His work is available through Rose Gallery at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.