Production still from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: 'The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin''" (2013)

The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin', 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: 'The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin''"
Artwork courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York

"With this work, I wanted it to keep that idea of torture. This character is in a predicament that doesn't seem comfortable; but, I wanted to give him some sort of agency that maybe he can get out of it—or he's on his way out."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock

WATCH: Trenton Doyle Hancock: "The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin'"