Trenton Doyle Hancock

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Trenton Doyle Hancock
Born 1974 (1974)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality  United States
Education Texas A&M University-Commerce, Temple University

Trenton Doyle Hancock is an American artist. He was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and grew up in Paris, Texas.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hancock received a BFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. As an undergrad Doyle worked as a cartoonist for his school newspaper. At the time he thought he would become a professional cartoonist following graduation. The influence of Hancock's early interest in cartoons is still visible in his current work.[2] Following his studies at Texas A&M University-Commerce Hancock earned a MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia.[3] Hancock's art was also significantly influenced by his upbringing in the town of Paris, Texas. Church was a fundamental focal point of his childhood, as his stepfather was a minister.[4] Thus, religious tropes and themes are abundant in his works, such as recurring references to redemption and the Eucharist.

Work[edit]

Hancock makes prints, videos, drawings, sculptures, individual performances, and collaged felt paintings.[5] His influences include comics, graphic novels, cartoons, music, and film.[6]

Hancock is known for his visual work that focuses on the Mounds and the Vegans, two forces that are constantly dueling with one another and serve as a representation of the eternal battle between good and evil. This extended series also serves to explore Hancock's mythology of the two forces, which gives him the opportunity to develop his concepts at length.[7] He has structured this world to be one he can both occupy and continuously rework, depicting the life stages of a variety of characters, such as the Mounds: ancient half-human and half-plant creatures which were created thousands of years ago when a human male ejaculated into a field of flowers.[8] The Vegans are malevolent beings who seek to destroy all Mounds, especially "The Legend": the original Mound, and the most despised among Vegans. The Vegans are meant to symbolize those who are determined to force their beliefs on others, whereas the Mounds symbolize the Earth, acceptance, love, and progressive behaviors.[9] Other key characters in Hancock's works are Painter, a maternal spirit who governs color, Loid, a paternal energy focused on words, and Torpedo Boy, an unheroic super hero alter ego that Hancock created as a child. Torpedo Boy has superhuman strength, but his human emotions—especially his pride—prevent him from performing his heroic duties to their fullest extent.[10] Additional characters that appear in the work alongside him include Junior Mound, Bringback, Baby Curt, and Shy Jerry.[11]

Trenton Doyle Hancock is known for taking risks in his art, and has stated that he is typically the most interested in his art when he feels he has done something daring with it: whether it deals with social issues, universal dilemmas, or personal matters.[12] Regarding whether Torpedo Boy and the Vegans are meant to symbolize good and evil in his works, Hancock states: "Hopefully there's a range of what the Vegans are, and what Torpedo Boy is. You can choose to identify with that range or not. I came from a household where there were very strict ideas about what good and evil are. When I left home I realized that didn't really work for me, that life was a huge grey area. That became more interesting."[13]

In 2013 his work was translated to Cult of Color: Call to Color,[14] a ballet created in collaboration with Ballet Austin's Artistic Director Stephen Mills.[15]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

Among the honors which Hancock has earned are an Artadia Award (2003)[16] and The Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (2013), a two-year residency and commission of original work.[17]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Trenton Doyle Hancock's work has been featured in exhibitions at numerous galleries and institutions including:[18]

Hancock was included in the American Folk Art Museum's "Dargerism" exhibit, showing the influence of Henry Darger on contemporary artists.

He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was featured in PBS' Art:21.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trenton Doyle Hancock biography. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  2. ^ Lehrer, Adam. "Glimpse Inside the Mind of Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Studio Museum in Harlem". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  3. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston". camh.org. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  4. ^ Salamon, Jeff (June 2014). "He'll always have Paris: Trenton Doyle Hancock's art may be otherworldly, but it's deeply rooted in his Texas upbringing.". Texas Monthly. 42. 
  5. ^ exhibit-e.com. "BalletAustin presents Trenton Doyle Hancock's Cult of Color: Call to Color - News - James Cohan Gallery". www.jamescohan.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston". camh.org. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock, EMIT: What the Bringback Brought". The Ringling. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Storytelling—Characters and Colors — Art21". Art21. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  9. ^ Cruz, Melissa (August 12, 2012). "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Coloring Veganism" (PDF). James Cohan Gallery. 
  10. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Storytelling—Characters and Colors | Art21". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Review: Trenton Doyle Hancock's wild world on display at Ringling". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  12. ^ Dziedzic, Erin (26 February 2013). "Truth or Dare with Trenton Doyle Hancock". Artcore Journal. 
  13. ^ Lehrer, Adam. "Glimpse Inside the Mind of Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock at the Studio Museum in Harlem". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  14. ^ "Interview with Trenton Doyle Hancock: "Cult of Color" – Glasstire". Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  15. ^ exhibit-e.com. "BalletAustin presents Trenton Doyle Hancock's Cult of Color: Call to Color - News - James Cohan Gallery". www.jamescohan.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  16. ^ "Awards / Past Awardees". Artadia. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Greenfield Winners". Greenfield Prize. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Biography". Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Hampton Roads.com: All the events happening in Hampton Roads under one site.". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  20. ^ "Powerful Babies: Keith Haring’s Impact on Artists Today" (PDF). SPRITMUSEUM. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  21. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing | Contemporary Arts Museum Houston". camh.org. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  22. ^ "Trenton Doyle Hancock, EMIT: What the Bringback Brought.". ringling.org. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 

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