Production still from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Real Biography" (2013)

Plate of Shrimp, detail, 2012
Installation view from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: ...And Then It All Came Back to Me" at James Cohan Gallery, New York, November 8–December 22, 2012
Production still from the Art21 "Exclusive" episode, "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Real Biography"
Artwork courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York

"The very personal things were in the old work, it was just really codified and it was hidden. Maybe it's time to start dealing with real life stuff. So that same kind of reflexive thing that was going on with the work before—that was me and these codified characters—then became me and my real biography. It's like, okay, deal with real stuff and just see where that goes."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock

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