A review of Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:
Rather than a chronological display, Cassel Oliver has separated the works into five thematic sections. Central to the exhibition, literally and figuratively, is Moundish. The vulgar, adorable, and disturbing series includes drawings associated with the narrative of the Mounds, fictional creatures propagated by the ejaculation of an ape man in a field, as well as the destructive force of their world: the Vegans. In a fashion both comic and graphic, the narrative shows struggles with birth, life, death, jealousy, good, and evil.
Epidemic and The Liminal Room are two free-standing sections dedicated to stand-alone work and ephemera that showcase the artist’s development in two very different manners. While The Liminal Room explores Hancock’s experimentation with drawing, Epidemic gives viewers a look back at comics from his college days and other early sketches, and debuts a new series entitled Step and Screw.