Winnie Truong: The Fringes
September 8–October 2, 2011


In her new series The Fringes, Winnie Truong's pencil crayon portraits of tender young outcasts continue to explore the liminal space between the beautiful, the grotesque, the discomforting and the familiar. While The Fringes refer to both ornamentation in both hairstyle and fashion, it also makes reference to a place in John Wyndham's 1955 sci-fi novel "The Chrysalids" of a forbidden territory occupied by outcasts and mutants at edge of society, where physical deviations are known as "blasphemies". Truong continues to examine hair as an extension of character in the portrait and the anonymous body. Her drawings conjures the dejection, isolation and strange allure of this imaginary place, telling the story of what occurs when these faces dare to exist at the fringe of beauty, fashion, and biological possibility.

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