Trenton Doyle Hancock
From a Legend to a Choir (2009)
Approximately 41 feet by 108 feet
Located on SE Ramp Wall (silver - star levels)
Trenton Doyle Hancock's dense work stops visitors in their tracks. Its screaming colors and riotous
energy are an eyeful and not for the faint-hearted. But what happens when a viewer spends a few
moments with Hancock's crazy quilt of an image is hardly indelicate. From a Legend to a Choir
(2009) builds upon the most democratic aspects of American Pop Art, from Stuart Davis to Andy
Warhol to Jean-Michel Basquiat, empowering viewers by letting us bring our own stories to a wildly
Hancock's sprawling mural sets the stage. Its flower-filled setting evokes the biblical Garden of Eden
and the psychedelic Summer of Love. Its figures' striped outfits recall jailhouse garb. Hancock's cast
of characters is a rogue's gallery: some are headless lumps and others look more like animals than
human beings, with a walrus, four-eyed rooster, and other mutants.
These creatures are part of an ongoing saga that Hancock has been telling for the past decade.
He calls them "Mounds"-plant-animal hybrids that behave like all of us, sometimes admirably and
sometimes badly. Hancock's homegrown mythology includes a creation story, an epic battle between
good and evil, an attempt at reconciliation between color-loving carnivores and scrawny, subterranean
vegans, and much more. It has its roots in his personal history. Now based in Houston, Hancock was
born in Oklahoma City and raised in Paris, Texas. He is the stepson of a preacher. His roots nourish
an inventive imagination out of which springs a world so rich with possibility that viewers cannot help
but be drawn into it.