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Trevor Winkfield

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

Trevor Winkfield studiously depicts the glyphs of a loopy heraldry. His playfulness contrasts with a set of deeper, mythological concerns, such as the Tiresian transformation suggested by With a Thrust of the Pelvis, I Become Woman!, 1996, in which two figures that look like paper marionettes assembled from clippings of illustrated children’s adventure stories seem snared in a duel involving a pair of two-toned chopsticks. The lower character is using his left hand to grapple with a snake. The torso of the top figure is composed of an orange shield bearing a huge green gem, topped by a ruff of candy-striped pyramidal forms and fixed on the bottom to the axle of a wheel. Her head is adorned by more pyramids and some ornate sparrows, one of which serves as her eye. Winkfield’s characters are like playing-card royalty on a permanent spree in Gagasville, where they enact a private, highly

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