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

Trenton Doyle Hancock touches up his work, "The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin'" at James Cohan Gallery, New York, 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

"I'm always going out and gathering different kinds of textures and materials to keep things from being so stagnant or inbred. That work has probably fifteen years worth of collage material in it."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock

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