Hard To Win Over
72x48 inches, pencil crayon on paper, 2011
WINNIE TRUONG at Mulherin Pollard Projects, New York
March 31 - April 24, 2011
Opening Thursday, March 31, 6 - 8 PM
317 10th Avenue, New York
Winnie Truong's larger-than-life portraits feature a drawn cast of characters displayed in all their hairy, heroic, glassy-eyed, gap-toothed glory. Executed with pencil crayon on paper, this work generates a dialogue on the beautiful and the beastly amidst contemporary concerns of the continued relevance of figurative art and portraiture, hyperrealist sculpture, and the impact of hair ornamentation.
The inspiration for the portraits is taken from magazine images. Reinventing the figure from a position of ambivalence and imagination, Truong adapts the sharp contrasts and vivid colouring of the printed source. By planting her characters onto the page stripped of their mise en scène details, exaggerated hair replaces the narrative authority of pose, dress and environment.
Winnie Truong lives and works in Toronto, and is a recent graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design's drawing and painting program. Producing large-scale, labour-intensive drawings and using only pencil crayon and chalk pastel on paper, her portraits exploit the drawn line to manipulate hair, flesh and blemish, exploring notions of beauty and discomfort. Winnie is the recipient of numerous awards, including this year's W.O. Forsythe award and the 401 Richmond Career Launcher prize.
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Please direct all inquiries to Katharine Mulherin at 416.993.6510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MULHERIN POLLARD Projects
317 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001