Project Description

Safety in Numbers: Jono Vaughan

October 14, 2017

Killjoy Collective — in a special collaboration with curator Julia Greenway and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center — are proud to present Safety in Numbers, a performance and installation by Jono Vaughan.

In Safety in Numbers, Jono Vaughan recreates a hair salon at Killjoy Collective, using elements of live performance and sculptural installation. Referring to her process as “exploring the power of transgender anonymity through the creation of clones that can offer a sense of security and normalcy previously unattainable,” Vaughan invites professional stylists to replicate the artist’s exact haircut on volunteering patrons.

With artist designed silk screened patterns covering the floor, walls, stylists, and participating patrons Safety in Numbers resembles an otherworldly salon within the gallery environment. Vaughan facilitates her own anonymity as participants begin to resemble the artist in an act of solidarity toward the transgender community.

Jono Vaughan was born in London, U.K. in 1977 and moved to the U.S.A. in 1985.

From 1995 -1998 the artist attended the now closed Savannah branch of The School of Visual Arts and completed a Bachelors in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1999. In 2002 Vaughan received a Masters of Arts in Teaching in the Visual Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and in 2009 a Masters of Fine Arts at The University of South Florida in Tampa. From 2006-2011 the artist worked as a production assistant at Graphic studio.

Vaughan has taught drawing, painting, and printmaking at a number of Bay Area universities and colleges and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting at Bellevue College. Since 2009 Vaughan has been producing works focusing on hair and its role in gender and social identity. These works have been featured in New American Paintings and have been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Vaughan is the 2017 recipient of the Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen award.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Disjecta Contemporary Art Center as supportive programming to A Situation of Meat the first of four exhibitions of the Season 7 Curator in Residence Program curated by Julia Greenway.

Image: Jono Vaughan, Safety In Numbers, exhibition documentation of the previous iteration of the project held at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa during the annual conference for the National Performance Artist and Visual Artist Network, 2015. Image provided courtesy of the artist.


Killjoy Collective
222 SE 10th Ave unit 102B, Portland, Oregon 97214

Saturday, October 14, 2017
7 – 9pm

FREE and all ages