Luan Joy Sherman

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Luan Joy Sherman (b. 1993), is a queer trans artist living in Chicago, IL pursuing his MFA in Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He uses drawing, sculpture, performance, video, and social practice to address trans identity politics in America, queer bodies, masculinity, and athletic performance. He is interested in failure, performance, and “passing”, as it relates to gender and aims to generate dialogues around how bodies are regulated and controlled in the US. His work is primarily autobiographical and utilizes vulnerability as a tool for making conversations on access and identity more accessible.

He has attended residencies at The Chautauqua School of Art (2014), Black Mountain School (2016), ACRE (2017), and SPACE Gallery (2018). In February 2018, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant as the Artist in Residence at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. He has been a faculty member and community organizer at School of the Alternative in Black Mountain, NC since 2016. Most notably, his work was shown at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan, NY during their Trans Film Series in 2017 and his first solo show, “HOMECOMING”, was hosted by Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA in May 2018. He graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.

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