Nov. 21, 2019
Nov. 21, 2019
“The Moundverse is a creation myth, it’s a way for me to understand my surroundings, as I’ve experienced them. There’s thousands of creation myths. But I don’t feel it’s my duty to know all the particulars about all of them. My understanding of them is through, my experience and the documenting of my so-called truths.” – Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Continuing the legend of The Moundverse exhibited in March 2019 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, when Trenton’s solo show ‘Mind Of The Mound: Critical Mass’ opened, Locust projects will feature this fall, Hancock’s first large scale solo exhibition. From November 17, 2019 – February 8, 2020 The Mound #1 The Legend is exhibited as part of the show.
One of the principal pieces of this exhibition, Mound #1 The Legend, is a 13-foot tall sculpture brought to live thanks to the collaboration of the artist with the brands Odabashian and Cinnabar. It is a sculpture that pushes rug making into new territory, starting on Mound #1 The Legend “Sweater” which took over three years to complete, an art piece of 13 x 28 foot hand knotted that overpassed the artist’s expectations.
“This project pushed us out of our comfort zone but it fits perfectly within the scope of what we are trying to accomplish as a brand. We want to push the hand-knotted medium into new directions that people haven’t thought of before.” – Jaime Odabachian, Odabashian Co Owner.
The Mound’s “Sweater” was produced by Odabashian in Varanasi, India taking five months to weave. It is made from 100% New Zealand semi-worsted, high-luster Merino yarn, woven using a Moroccan knot over a flat woven kilim on an Egyptian cotton foundation.
“Having seen the work of both Odabashian and Cinnabar and knowing what they are capable of my trust in them was never in doubt but the results have exceeded my expectations. Working together was a constant exchange of ideas, always pulling in the same direction. We had a very well-oiled machine, a great team.” – Trenton Doyle Hancock.
"As Miami's longest running alternative space, Locust is excited to welcome such an established artist like Trenton to take over our space and have the opportunity to experiment and play both with the trajectory of his ever-evolving Moundverse and his own narrative as an artist.” – Lorie Mertes, Locust projects executive director.
In addition to Mound #1 The Legend, Odabashian and Trenton Doyle Hancock have also collaborated on a series of limited edition ‘Teenage Mound Pelts’.* Four different designs each with radiating black and white lines and pink “Mound meat” measure 6ft in diameter and are made to the exact same specifications as The Mound’s sweater: 100% New Zealand semi-worsted, high-luster Merino yarn. They were woven in Varanasi, India using a Moroccan knot over a flat woven kilim on an Egyptian cotton foundation.
*Teenage Mound Pelts are available via Odabashian or Hales Gallery.
Some images are courtesy of the artist and James Cohan
Banner image by Mateo Serna Zapata
Portrait of the artist at Locust Projects by World Red Eye
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