• Feb 4, 2012 – May 6, 2012
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Trenton Doyle Hancock, "Torpedo Boy and Heiren Hazo", 2010, acrylic and
mixed media on paper, 10 x 6 1/4 in. Courtesy of Gloria and Bruce
Martindale, Dallas, TX.

Did you know?

Hancock finds much of his inspiration from looking back at his childhood growing up in Paris, Texas. The son of a Baptist minister, his work references both biblical and comic book narratives, and he is a compulsive collector of toys, which he discovers in flea markets, thrift stores, and through eBay.

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Internationally acclaimed Texas-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock is best known for his ongoing narrative and theatrical installations that thrust the viewer literally and figuratively into his personal, idiosyncratic, and, at times, heretical weave of words and images. This exhibition features new and selected works executed across a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. The exhibition will also highlight a commissioned wall drawing.

WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT’S GOOD is one of a handful of chapters in Hancock’s ongoing narrative that follows the lives of “Mounds” and “Vegans” toiling in an ideological grudge match of mythic proportions. Hancock’s Vegans are a banished bunch of ossified creatures that see only in black and white—a satirical embodiment of those who stick too closely to the rules, in both art and life. The Mounds are ever expanding, furry, forest-bound creatures that are able to store vast quantities of un-relatedness. They are the perfect metaphorical mascot for Hancock’s omnivorous narrative enterprise—a method of taming divergent sources as varied as comics, horror movies, visionary art, biblical stories, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism into a delirious mélange of form, style, material, and their attendant histories and metaphors.

Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974, Oklahoma City) earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, and MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Whitney Biennial (2000 and 2002) and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art, TX; the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, TX; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent public projects include commissions for the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and for the Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum. He is the recipient of numerous awards and was the 2007 Joyce Alexander Wein Award recipient from The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Hancock’s work is represented by James Cohan Gallery, New York and Dunn and Brown Gallery, Dallas.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT’S GOOD is curated by David Louis Norr and organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum, Institute for Research in Art, Tampa. Project assistance provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council. The exhibition at the Weatherspoon is organized by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions.


Related programs:

Preview party with Trenton Doyle Hancock • Fri Feb 3 @ 6pm

WAM Jam • Thu Feb 16 @ 5:30pm

Noon @ the 'Spoon • Tue Mar 13 @ 12pm

Art + Reading Rock Community Day • Sat Apr 21 @ 1pm

Lecture: Knowledge of All Things Black and Super • Tue Apr 24 @ 5:30pm

Print, Copy, Collaborate Workshop • Thu Apr 26 + Sat May 5

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