Biography

LAUR ELIAS TRAYNOR

AKA: 

MONSTEROFEVOL

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 

LAUR DUVALL 

THE CORP

 

Laur Elias Traynor is a transgender artist who uses the body as a tool, subject and material. Laur’s art considers LGBTQI+ archives and histories.

 

Laur Elias Traynor uses their body to make a Monster in their current exhibition, Monster of Evol, open until January 22, 2022. The drawings were made and then photographed in the woods and wetlands of Upstate New York between 2020 and 2021. The drawings consider the body and its ability to transform. In Monster of Evol, nature, animals and the Monster are intertwined in a fantasy. Mud, dirt, clay , rocks, horns, antlers, gowns, hooves, fists, fingers, toes, tongues, lace, wings, spikes, tentacles and feelers become the Monster of Evol, whose body is transforming. At their core, Monsters allow us to face our fears.

 

Laur imagined their body as a monster in a 2 hr live streamed performance titled Ursula in 2020. Ursula was featured on Eviction.net a 24 hour, interactive, anti censorship, self-destructing virtual art show curated by Veilmachine as part of a residency with Eyebeam NYC. Using bodily prosthetics, their own hands, razor blades and power tools, they sculpted their being out of clay, latex, plaster and lace and solidified it in hot wax. The performance ends with the monster disappearing into a black abyss of water.  Only to re-emerge as something else, they shed their old form which floats to the surface. The show was featured by Paper Magazine and Forbes, “Sex Worker Artists Host Self Destructing Online Art Show.” 

 

In 2020 Laur showed Heartbreaker at Petra Grunert Singh Salon: 18 large drawings made over Five years. An experiment in pain as a tool for growth, each drawing uses the body to make a mark through various scenarios. Rigs, ropes, knives,  harnesses, chalk, charcoal dust, spray paint, and weights are the materials at play behind these drawings. In Heartbreaker, floods of red, black flames, and limitless space consume their body.

 

In 2019 Rebels & Angels showed at Horseshed, a queer project space in Manchester, UK. Laur projected photographs and videos of his friends on a large scale through the doorway of a Horseshed in the middle of a field. He shot the photos and videos with flash in his studio before or after making the drawings. 

 

During 2019 and 2018 Laur performed Night of the Hunter, with Stigmaunbound, a NYC SWer Art Collective. Night of the Hunter was a live performance where The night of the Hunter would draw others from their shadows in the midst of a series of ordeals and or experiences: climbing, restrained,  pierced hearts that explode, love notes, and death waivers, a kiss, a dance, a fight, a walk on a leash, disguised and laid bare. Out of this each performance created a series of drawings with those who participated which were entirely a live experience. Kink and fetish gear are part of the drawings and crucial to the language of the drawings in terms of anatomy in relation to the gear. The gear becomes part of one's anatomy. Night of the Hunter was performed at Galleries, The Chelsea Hotel, Dungeons and parties at various venues. 

 

In 2018 Laur installed HUMILIATION at Tanja Grunert Gallery: 78 small drawings all over the walls and ceilings with make-up scrawled on security camera stills of 3 people wrestling in a studio. In 2017 Laur and their collaborator, Phoenix showed DEATH by The Corp at Tanja Grunert Gallery. The show DEATH exhibited the implosion of THE CORP. THE CORP was an always changing nameless, faceless source of creative energy. Phoenix and Laur would fight naked at raves, clubs, and other parties in ink and grease. The group was featured by the New York Times in an article called “After Oakland Fire, Brooklyn Artists Vow to Keep Partying. In 2016 Laur had his first solo show with Tanja Grunert Gallery, VAMP:  6 large drawings of his genitals in the foreground, the rest of the body a blur, and a 6-minute video of a bathroom hookup on loop.

 

STATEMENT

Performances build the body and psyche through fortitude, violence, striving, and love. Performance becomes drawing, sculpture and video in an endless cycle of creation, destruction and rebirth. Transformation emerges from darkness, light,  endocrinology, mountains, rivers, animals, monsters and insects. As we shape-shift, intertwine, breathe and die—our shared fate…. The line between fantasy and reality is obliterated. When parts of the body merge and mutate—when everything is too close—anatomy falls out of bounds and something else takes over.

 

C.V.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021     Monsterofevol.net, Tanja Grunert Gallery, Upstate, NY

2020      Heartbreaker, Petra Singh Salon, New York, NY

2019      Rebels & Angels, Horseshed, Manchester, UK 

2018      Humiliation, Tanja Grunert Gallery, New York, NY

2017      Death by The Corp, Tanja Grunert Gallery, New York, NY

2016      Vamp, Tanja Grunert Gallery, Chelsea New York, NY

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2021      Wall Power, Tanja Grunert Gallery, Hudson, NY 

2021      Love, two-person show with Vaginal Davis, Tanja Grunert Gallery, Hudson, NY

2019      Whore Haus, curated by Stigmaunbound, Pfizer inc Gallery at Pratt, Brooklyn, NY

2018      Stigmaunbound, Wildembeddings Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2016      Rite of Summer, Living Gallery, BK, NY

2016      Nü Haus, Curated by Nü Goth, Secret Location, BK, NY

2015      Deep Trash, Curated by Cuntemporary, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, LondonUK

2015      Arctic Biosystems, Chelsea College of Art Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art, London UK

2014      Spirit, The Master Academy of Drawing, Budapest, Hungary

2014      Vacant, Kek Galerie, Budapest, Hungary

2014      Abandoned, Secret Locations, Budapest, Hungary

2013      Magic & Dirt, The Old Police Station, London, UK 

2012      Pay Per View, Gathering of Tribes Gallery, NY, NY 

 

PERFORMANCES

2021      Open Up, Secret Location, Upstate, NY 

2021      Body of Workers, curated by Veilmachine, produced by Kinkout, Eyebeam Residency

2020      Ursula, E-viction.net, curated by Veilmachine, Eyebeam Residency 

2020      Heartbreaker: Sirens , Petra Singh Salon, New York, NY

2019      Night of III: The Hunter V,  Maison Ten Gallery, New York, NY

2019      The Hunter IV: Knives Out, Curated by Stigmaunbound, Spread BK, NY

2018      Night of the Hunter IX, Curated by Vow, The Spectrum, BK,NY

2018      The Hunter III, Stigmaunbound, Wild Embeddings Gallery, BK, NY.

2018      Night of II: Feral, Curated by Feral, Chelsea Hotel, NY, NY

2018      Night of I: Lust for Life, Curated by Stigmaunbound, Spred, BK, NY

2018      The Hunter II: Blood Money, Lucas Lucas Gallery, BK,NY

2018      The Hunter I: Pride, Curated by Stigmaunbound, Spread BK, NY

2018      Armour, University of Alberta, Alberta, CA

2016      Plague by The Corp: Chasm NYC, Secret Location, BK, NY 

2016      Winter by The Corp: Rite of Winter, Living Gallery, BK, NY

2016      Winter by The Corp: Wildlife, Bizarre, BK, NY

2016      Winter by The Corp: Bookkeepers, BK, NY 

2016      Phoenix by The Corp: Nü Läpütä, Curated by Nü Goth, Flowers for All Occasions, BK, NY

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016 I Love You for You, Nü Goth, BK, NY

 

PRESS

2018 Bedford &Bowery

2016  NYTimes
 

EDUCATION

2015 Chelsea College of Art at The University of Arts London