Join Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-Curators Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum for a reception followed by a discussion on the upcoming Desert X 2019. The mission of Desert X is to bring leading artists to the Coachella Valley to create site-specific art, engage viewers, and focus attention on the valley’s environment, its natural wonders, as well as the environmental, socio-political and economic issues facing California’s desert communities.
The inaugural exhibition took place in 2017 to critical and popular acclaim attracting more than 200,000 local and international visitors and was the recipient of multiple awards for its extensive education and community programs.
The second edition of Desert X opens February 9–April 21, 2019 in the Coachella Valley, CA.
Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles talks with Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock about his practice and upcoming projects.
For nearly two and a half decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has created elaborate works that interlace personal memoir with the history of painting and pop-cultural pulp imagery. Hancock’s childhood was immersed in resonant biblical themes, whose power persisted even as their religious specificity waned later in his life. This early influence informed a complex amalgamation of characters and plots possessing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the grey in between. Infused with mythologies presented at an operatic scale, his exuberant and subversive storylines employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging from his personal experiences, the western art historical canon, comics and superheroes, and medieval morality, where text and abstraction both drive and complicate his narratives.
Trenton Doyle Hancock is represented by Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; James Cohan, New York; and Hales Gallery in London. Shulamit Nazarian is featuring his work at ALAC.
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