Laur Duvall - Angels & Rebels

horse shed presents Rebels & Angels, a solo exhibition of new works by American artist Laur Duvall.

EMA 06, Laur Duvall, 2018
DEVINUTAH 21, Laur Duvall, 2018
DEVINUTAH 64, Laur Duvall, 2018
DEVINUTAH 16, Laur Duvall, 2018
JUNETASH 300, Laur Duvall, 2018
TSAINTLOT 03, Laur Duvall, 2018
EMA 06, Laur Duvall, 2018
EMA 03, Laur Duvall, 2018

First I disect them by drawing their shadow then I remask them and put their face back on after I understand why they wear the face that they do. Thats why I dont draw faces in front of people or when I address their form. The images of Rebels and Angels are from the drawing process. All of the participants are queer most of them are trans. What goes into constructing an identity and where do you keep old one? These are things that I ask myself when I think about being trans all the time.


Laur Duvall cuts the line between “you” and “me” by pushing their subjects and sometimes audience to their mental and physical limits, calling free will into question. Duvall’s work contrasts a fragile touch with violent and aggressive action present in drawings, performances, videos and sound. They construct these scenarios for a dance and a fight to take place.

The Rebels and Angels of these images are willing participants from the artist’s ongoing performance series Night of the Hunter produced in collaboration with Stigmaunbound, a New York Performance Arts collective showcasing the work of sex workers and allies. The images depict queer and trans bodies, posing to be drawing from their shadows in the artist’s studio, shadows being Duvall’s way of attacking the figure from a genderless perspective. However, not all shadows become Rebels and Angels.

The work shown in Rebels & Angels captures and celebrates the intimate relationship each participant has with themselves and their body. As the light hits their face they step out of the shadows as Rebels & Angels.

TSAINTLOT 22, Laur Duvall
JENNIFER 18, Laur Duvall
JUNTASH 18, Laur Duvall
EMA 03, Laur Duvall
FRANKIE 98, Laur Duvall
JUNTASH 01, Laur Duvall
EMA 06, Laur Duvall
JUNE TASH 300, Laur Duvall
JENNIFER 09, Laur Duvall
FRANKIE 33, Laur Duvall
DEVINUTAH 21, Laur Duvall
MICHA 16, Laur Duvall
TSAINTLOT 23, Laur Duvall
FRANKIE 99, Laur Duvall
DEVINUTAH 64, Laur Duvall
TSAINTLOT 19, Laur Duvall
DEVINUTAH 60, Laur Duvall