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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Androcles Interrobang –2021 – oil on canvas – 22" x 28" x 1.25" (55.88cm x 71.12cm x 3.18cm)
A conflicted typographic glyph punctuates the air above Androcles as he gambles, prompting viewers to interrogate the scene: Is the subject a mouse or a man for risking life and limb to play (for keeps!) with the king of the jungle? Does he not really know (with a large feline foe) all due process is absent, and winner-take-all is the victor’s allotment? Pick a card, roll a die, count to three (come now, see): With no ground beneath them, the only peaceable kingdom seems one in the sky, with past mortal coils out of sight/out of mind.