17 Artists Share the Music That Inspires Them
Collection Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, New York
Image rights: Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York
"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing"
Venue:The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015)
Organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Studio Museum presentation organized by Lauren Haynes, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection
Since the early 21st century, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been merging comic book narratives and abstraction in his vibrant, dizzyingly detailed prints, drawings, and mixed-media paintings, in which he explores the struggles within himself and in our world. For the first nine years of his career, he focused on the creation of an epic, allegorical tale, shaped, in part, by the Biblical stories with which he grew up. Each of his works is a part of this ongoing drama, in which beehive-like “Mounds,” representing, in his words, “the Earth and stability,” battle with skeletal “Vegans,” who he describes as “a mob…unleashed to upset that stability.” Representative of the ongoing strife among humans, his compositions are full of words, colors, and his imaginative characters. Recently, Hancock has turned more inward, producing autobiographical works featuring himself as the protagonist.
American, b. 1974, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, based in Houston, Texas