Trenton Doyle Hancock: Fix
Date(s): August 12, 2011 thru October 23, 2011In his drawings, paintings, prints, and textiles, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock invokes imaginative worlds rich in symbolic meaning but that are nonetheless grounded in a narrative tradition. Through the expressive language of color, form, and pattern, Hancock constantly expands and revisits his mythological saga that pits the meat-eating Mounds against the underground and color-blind Vegans. In his Fix portfolio, Hancock uses these figures to allegorize the contemporary art market—which he sees as addicted to both luxury and novelty—and the pink mound-meat is both the hallucinatory drug and sustenance of the Mounds and the manna that gives the power of colored sight to the Vegans. As the Fix series progresses, viewers witness the initial exhilaration induced by the drug, as well as the subsequent alienation and chaos.
The Sheldon will show all eighteen prints from Doyle’s Fix portfolio—a collaboration with the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at New Jersey’s Rutgers University and a recent acquisition for the museum—as part of its focus on African American artists.