Apr 6th 2020

This event has been postponed.

This lecture event is free, non-ticketed and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been constructing his own fantastical narrative that continues to develop and inform his prolific artistic output. Part fictional, part autobiographical, Hancock’s work pulls from his personal experience, the art historical canon, comics and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots that possess universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the gray in between.

Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as his use of color, language, and pattern—into
opportunities to create new characters, develop subplots, and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s works are suffused with personal mythology presented at an operatic scale, often reinterpreting biblical stories. His exuberant and subversive narratives employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging in tone from comic-strip superhero battles to medieval morality plays, and influenced in style by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, Henry Darger, Philip Guston, and R. Crumb.

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Department of Painting and Drawing

Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit saic.edu/access

Image: Installation view, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2019. Photo by Tong Luong. Image courtesy of the artist and MASS MoCA.

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