Visiting Artist Talk: Trenton Doyle Hancock

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University of Minnesota Department of Art & Katherine E. Nash Gallery says
Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock’s prints, drawings, and collaged-felt paintings work together to tell the story of the Mounds—a group of mythical creatures that are the tragic protagonists of the artist’s unfolding narrative. Each new work by Hancock is a contribution to the saga of the Mounds, portraying the birth, life, death, afterlife, and even dream states of these half-animal, half-plant creatures. Influenced by the history of painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language, and pattern—into opportunities to create new characters, develop sub-plots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s paintings often rework Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community. Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimensions. Trenton Doyle Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was featured in PBS' Art:21.

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Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, and at the 5th Street South lot; hourly or event rates apply. All parking listed above, and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. This event is free and open to the public.

This visiting artist talk is supported by the Department of Art’s Visiting Artists and Critics Program.

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By: University of Minnesota Department of Art & Katherine E. Nash Gallery

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