Platform: Trenton Doyle Hancock

The Armory Show at Javits Center | Platform | September 9–11, 2022
  • For the Platform section of the 2022 Armory Show, James Cohan and Hales will co-present a monumental sculptural work by Trenton Doyle Hancock. The fair is open to the public from September 9 through September 11, with an invite-only preview on Thursday, September 8. 

  • Viewers are invited to enter into the belly of Mound #1,The Color Crop Experience, 2018, to view a digital animation by the artist. In Color Crop, a cartoon avatar of the artist encounters Mound #1, the Legend in the forest. Mound #1, the Legend, is a half-human, half-tree mutant, and the very first Mound to exist. 


    The oldest of the Mounds, he is the center of the artist’s painted universe and exudes an air of hope, representing long-standing ideals. He lives in the forest and his skeleton is shaped like a tree. The evil Vegans, the villains of Hancock’s Moundverse, hate him with all of their being and plot to take him out. His death marks the conclusion of the first chapter of the epic narrative of the Mounds, The Life and Death of Number 1.

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    For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974, Oklahoma City, USA) 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 own personal experience, art historical canon, comics and superheroes, pulp fiction, and myriad pop culture references, resulting in a complex amalgamation of characters and plots possessing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the grey in between.


    Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, at the time becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in the prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. LEARN MORE →