Duvall uses oral histories and everyday anecdotes, often gathered from complete strangers, to create performative projects that consider how individual identities manifest within societal contexts as well as the myriad of subtexts ubiquitous in day-to-day language and interactions.
Duvall and Kingston are recent collaborators. For “Living in 10 Easy Lessons,” 2012 the artists asked 10 street-involved women (women who are homeless, receive public assistance or spend the majority of their time on the street) to teach the artists a skill that they used in their daily lives. Each woman led one-on-one sessions with the artists, teaching them her individual expertise: how to fake enjoying sex or how to deal drugs, for instance. In making visible life skills critical for many but not taken into consideration by most, the resulting series of tutorial videos, inspirational posters, and instructional booklets highlight the discrepancy between the tools for success for the advantaged and disadvantaged.
Duvall earned a MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BA in Sociology and English from Carleton University, Ottawa. She exhibits throughout Canada with recent shows at Articule Incorpore, Montréal; Gallery TPW, Toronto; and Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. She has taught at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada for over a decade.
Founded in 1983, AXENÉO7 is an artist-run center promoting the visual arts through exhibitions, artist in residency programs and workshops.
Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone: The Show
Opening 6:30 pm Wednesday June 11, 2014
AXENÉO7: 80, Hanson Street, Gatineau, Québec J8Y 3M5
On view through July 12, 2014