by Laura Hutson
In this episode of PBS' art21, Trenton Doyle Hancock describes Mounds as "half-human, half-plant mutants that came to life about 50,000 years ago when an ape man masturbated in a field of flowers." He's created an entire universe around this mythology, and each artwork he creates is some sort of appendage of the story. The very first of the species (Legend), a superhero character named Torpedo Boy, an opposing tribe called The Vegans — all of his paintings incorporate his invented world in some way.
Several of Hancock's works will be in The Frist's upcoming Fairy Tales, Monsters and The Genetic Imagination exhibit, which opens Feb. 24. On the 25th he'll be at an artists panel at The Frist called "Invented Bodies/Hidden Meanings: Fables for our Times," along with Saya Woolfalk and Meghan Boody. In addition to all of that, Vanderbilt recently announced that they've scheduled Hancock to give a lecture as part of their Studio VU series, which is scheduled for earlier that week, on Feb. 22.
Watch the art21 clip for a quick primer on Hancock's work, and get ready to be an expert on him by the end of the month.
Studio VU Artist's Lecture: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Vanderbilt's Stephenson Center
Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination opening: Friday, Feb. 24, at The Frist
"Invented Bodies/Hidden Meanings — Fables for our Times" Artists Panel: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Frist