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Trenton Doyle Hancock, It Takes Two


Trenton Doyle Hancock:
WE DONE ALL WE COULD AND NONE OF IT'S GOOD

January 14 – March 10, 2011

USF Contemporary Art Museum

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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 also highlights 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. While Hancock’s Mounds are ever expanding, furry, forest-bound creatures that are able to store vast quantities of un-relatedness; 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.

The exhibition is curated by David Louis Norr, IRA Chief Curator; Organized and circulated by USFCAM

Project is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nimoy Foundation, and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners.