Trenton Doyle Hancock | About Face | Fine Arts Center Gallery, University of Arkansas

November 19, 2016

Hales is delighted to announce Trenton Doyle Hancock's inclusion in an exhibition at the Fine Art Center Gallery, University of Arkansas. The exhibition opened on the 24th October and runs until 4th December 2016. 


The exhibiton, entitled About Face, is concerned with the theme of narrative portraiture. It is difficult to mention the term, “narrative,” without acknowledging its wide use across academic fields ranging from psychology and literature to philosophy and visual art. Through the use of portraiture in storytelling, people have been able to document history, find cultural meaning, and explore personal beliefs. Moreover, in his 1980 essay, Secrets and Narrative Sequence, the British author and literary critic, Frank Kermode, maintained that stories have the unique ability to shift and develop with each interpretation. While one could argue that each artist in About Face channels Kermode’s hypothesis when developing artwork, it’s also apparent that the figure is the primary vehicle by which this message is conveyed. As such, the relationship between the intended subject matter and the continual reinterpretations bear witness to the possibilities found within the genre of narrative portraiture.


Other artists included in the exhibition are Philip Guston, Rashid Johnson, Mary Reid Kelley, Arnold J. Kemp, Amy Pleasant, and Carrie Mae Weems.





Trenton Doyle Hancock

About Face 

Fine Arts Center Gallery

Department of Art 

University of Arkansas

340 N. Garland

Fayetteville, AR 72701



24 October - 4 December 2016


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