If Trenton Doyle Hancock didn't have such a whimsical style, his art would be terrifying. He has become known, admired and awarded for drawings, paintings, sculptures and performances that chronicle an epic mythology he has created. In it, good and evil, darkness and light, battle for supremacy in the form of characters inspired by artists ranging from Hieronymus Bosch to R. Crumb.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has a new show of his work that continues his themes in "EMIT: What the Bringback Brought." In 2013, Hancock received the prestigious Greenfield Prize, which included $30,000 toward a body of work over a two-year period. "EMIT" is the result and includes something new to the artist's oeuvre, a film.
The exhibition continues at the Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, through Sept. 13. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $10 for Florida teachers with ID and active military with ID, and $5 for students with ID and youths 6-17. It includes admission to the art museum; Ca' d'Zan, the Ringlings' historic home; and the circus museum. Admission to the art museum only is free on Mondays. (941) 359-5700. ringling.org.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic