Trenton Doyle Hancock: alter ego Torpedo Boy comes to Locust Projects

Nov 16 - Feb 8, 2020

Locust Projects presents a new installation by Trenton Doyle Hancock in its Store Front and Main Gallery this fall. Supplementing his religious upbringing with comic books and Greek mythology, at the age of 10 Trenton Doyle Hancock invented Torpedo Boy — an alter ego/superhero he still uses today.

Ultimately birthing his own creation myth — as played out through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and installation — Hancock tells the story of the Mounds (gentle hybrid plant-like creatures) protected by Torpedo Boy, and their enemies, the Vegans (mutants who consume tofu and spill Mound blood every chance they get). These narratives and truly unique body of visual art explore good and evil, authority, race, class, moral relativism, politics and religion, as well as making unapologetic nods to comic books, illustrations, animations, horror films, and toys.

Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists to participate at age 26 and was among the first group of artists featured in the acclaimed PBS series Art21. His work has been the subject of several solo shows including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; MoCA, North Miami (2003); ICA at the University of Pennsylvania. His largest show to-date, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, opened at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts in March 2019. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, NY; Hales Gallery, London; and Shulamit Nazarian, LA. 

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