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The Mind-Bending Mythology of Trenton Doyle Hancock

November 12th, 2019 · Comments

In November 2019, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock brings his mythological “Moundverse” to Miami. Locust Projects gives over the entire space to his site-specific installation. The artist will immerse us in a world inspired by comic books, toys, horror films and animations.

For decades, Hancock has been telling the story of the Mounds (gentle hybrid plant-like creatures) protected by Torpedo Boy (Hancock’s alter ego), and their enemies, the Vegans (mutants who consume tofu and spill Mound blood every chance they get). In paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, video and installation, the artist explores good and evil, authority, race and class, moral relativism, politics and religion.

This is not our first encounter with Trenton Doyle Hancock. He was among artists that curator Valerie Cassel Oliver selected for Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. The exhibition premiered in 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Houston, and traveled across the United States. In Radical Presence, Cassel Oliver surveyed seminal black performance art. She invited artists into the exhibition to re-stage their performances.

We make our way to Houston to watch Hancock embody one of the characters in the narrative he began creating when he was 10 years old. For an evening performance titled “Devotion,” he becomes a singing Mound. He's massive. He's blindfolded. Cassel Oliver feeds him Jell-O. The spectacle is intimate, absurd and deeply spiritual.

The next morning, we wander through the artist’s mind. Our conversation explores the histories, objects and ideas that inform his work. His warehouse is awash in accumulating materials—cast-off toys, books and bottle caps, scraps of felt and fabric, cans of paint. Works in progress and finished collage paintings line the walls. A drum kit sits waiting in one corner. It seems unlikely that this artist will ever lose the desire to experiment and play with the fantastical characters that animate his inner world. 

Sound Editor: 2019 Anamnesis Audio; 2013 Eric Schwartz | Special Audio: Trenton Doyle Hancock

Related Episodes: Valerie Cassel Oliver on Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Tameka Norris on Channeling Personal History, William Pope.L Transforms the Black Factory into a Magic Lantern Show

Related Links: Locust Projects, Trenton Doyle Hancock at MASS MoCA, Radical Presence: Contemporary Black Performance Art

Tags: contemporary art · Miami · identity · Artist · black masculinity · black art · comic book · podcast · figurative painting · art podcast · exhibition

Black in America

September 3rd, 2018 · Comments

What does it mean to be Black in 21st century America? The expression of Blackness in art has a history of intricate connections to civil rights and social movements. In the United States and abroad, painting and drawing, filmmaking and photography, performance and protest have long represented diverse creative perspectives on the volatile subject of race and identity in this country.

Today, we hear from curators and artists whose work directly engages with race and American identity. Individually and collectively, they generate “freestyle” expressions of Blackness—revealing that no matter how history influences the Black cultural space, identity remains a fluid form in the hands of contemporary artists.

Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Photos courtesy of featured artists and the Renaissance Society

Featured Audio: Thelma Golden at Crystal Bridges Museum of American ArtHamza Walker, Black Is, Black Ain't Symposium, Renaissance SocietyJohanne Rahaman field recordings in South FloridaTheaster Gates at Katzen Arts Center, American UniversityTheaster Gates performs at Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany, for documenta 13Sanford Biggers, BAM (For Michael)Fahamu Pecou, All that Glitters Ain't GoalsAmy Sherald at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago 

Related Episodes: Modern Black Portrait of FloridaJefferson Pinder on Symbols of Power and StruggleTheaster Gates on Meaning, Making and ReconciliationSanford Biggers on Time and the Human ConditionAmy Sherald on New Racial NarrativesFahamu Pecou on Art x Hip-Hop

Related links: Thelma GoldenStudio Museum of HarlemFreestyleHamza WalkerBlack Is, Black Ain'tJohanne RahamanJefferson PinderTheaster GatesSanford BiggersAmy SheraldFahamu PecouDeborah Roberts

Tags: · Fresh Talk · contemporary art · public art · identity · activism · performance art · Artist · curator · Theaster Gates · black culture · black masculinity · black art · podcast · community · music · Chicago · political art · political performance art · art podcast · exhibition

Fresh Talk: Art x Hip-Hop

February 13th, 2014 · Comments

On Skype with Cathy Byrd, Atlanta-based artist and scholar Fahamu Pecou introduces his brand, explains why he's working toward a doctoral degree at Emory University and describes what it means to curate an art magazine at the intersection of art and hip-hop.


Sound Editor: Jeff T. Byrd | Episode Sound: Fahamu Pecou and Killer Mike

Tags: · Fresh Talk · Art Papers · Atlanta · black culture · black masculinity · Fahamu Pecou

Fresh Talk: Radical Presence

October 22nd, 2013 · Comments

This Fresh Talkepisode features Jean-Ulrick Désert and Trenton Doyle Hancock, two of the artists participating in Radical Presence:Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver for the Museum of Contemporary Arts inHouston (CAMH), the exhibition is now appearing in New York City. Some of theshow’s performance art events will be featured in New York’s Performa 13 this November.

 

To hear CathyByrd’s unedited recording sessions with Jean-Ulrick and Trenton, go to the newFresh Talk UNCUT podcast series.

 

Sound Editor: EricSchwartz

Episode Sound: TrentonDoyle Hancock, performing Devotion at CAMH

Tags: Fresh Talk · contemporary art · public art · Artist · curator · black culture · black masculinity · black art · Radical Presence

Fresh Talk: Rashid Novaire

January 21st, 2013 · Comments

While in residence at Open Ateliers Zuidoost, in Southeast Amsterdam, Cathy Byrd meets Dutch novelist Rashid Novaire. Of Dutch and Moroccan descent, Rashid is an author whose heritage is intrinsic to his imagination. Rashid started penning stories when he was in elementary school. Hubris, his fourth novel, will be published in February 2013.Sound Editor: Eric Schwartz | Photos: courtesy Rashid Novaire| Episode Sound: radiobooks.com

Tags: Fresh Talk · identity · project · black culture · black masculinity