Las Luces, Looses, and Losses
2005 by Trenton Doyle Hancock
Collection of Lisa & Stuart Ginsberg, New York
Hancock’s work takes us to an elaborate world of fantastical and probing ideas – a world of his own creation, but one that gently points to the weights and unpalatable constraints of our own reality. Most of Hancock’s work visualises his world of the Vegans, evil skeletal-like creatures, and their prey, the Mounds, half-animal and half-plant. There is a simple confliction of helpless creatures (the large, soft and gentle Mounds) being picked on by those turned mean with greed and lack of happiness, highlighting a simple cruelty that is often seen in the world of our own. Colour is something lacking and forbidden to the Vegans who are drawn in black and white, skeletons with the bare minimum of flesh and muscle clinging to bone. In Las Luces, Looses, and Losses (Las Luces meaning The Lights) there is a vision of colour and light – a dancing and euphoric display that twists and turns in its brilliance, drawing the eye ever in and gleefully countering the Vegan’s world of darkness. Multicolours appear surreal, impossible, in the Vegan’s world of grey and black, which, in turn, curls to Gothic-like points beneath it, literally littering the floor it seems in monotone. The shard-like shape that cuts across the centre of the composition reinforces the unreality of the image, casting it as a film-like projection, cutting it in two with the sharpness of a thin black line. The words that are cast to the corner, sadly running in juvenile arches, read THE IMAGE THAT PROJECTED ITSELF OUTWARD APPEARED TO DRIP OFF THE WALLS.I KEPT LOOKING FOR THE COLOUR TO POOL UP AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CAVE BUT ALL I COULD FIND IS DARKNESS. Words are often used in Hancock’s work to further the narrative (and indeed the message) of the piece, carrying us further into these enticing and absorbing scenes. We not only see but also hear these ideas tragically resound in our heads, thus is the power of Hancock’s probing imagination.