Houston

Houston

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
April 26–July 20, 2014

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s paintings and installations are almost exclusively based on a narrative of his own invention, in which characters such as the peace-loving Mounds and the skeletal, bellicose Vegans are locked in a Manichaean struggle. His work’s psychedelic, allover imagery sits nearest to the work of Pop descendants such as Kerig Pope and the Chicago Imagists. At CAMH, Cassel Oliver gathers more than 150 of Hancock’s drawings and collages. Reaching back as far as 1985, this show and its catalogue (featuring essays by the curator, artists Stanley Whitney and Gary Panter, and poet and novelist Paul Beatty, among others) will foreground technique over narrative, so that Hancock is sure to be revealed as a highly skilled draftsman who engages fiction primarily as a conceptual tool, to put pressure on the academic legacy of drawing. Travels to the Akron Art Museum, OH, Sept. 13, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015.