Origami Lion Fish
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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Origami Lion Fish –2014 – acrylic on canvas – 36" x 48" x 1.5" (91.44cm x 121.92cm x 3.81cm)
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In a radical departure from his motion filled, color-movement style, the artist depicts a figure suggesting a lion fish built from origami segments, all in a static paint-by-numbers style. The Art Deco result might also suggest a conch shell to onlookers, and furthermore suggest to them the horrors of as-yet-unperformed genetic experiments that are inevitable as the 21st century progresses. The inescapable truth is that if something can be done, it typically will be done, so we should anticipate the unethical and morally depraved splicing of a chimpanzee with a human being well before climate change renders the planet uninhabitable. As global temperatures increase, the arctic ice cap will melt and release fresh water into the Atlantic, thereby decreasing the salinity of the ocean waters and consequently redirecting the gulf stream from its northerly course southward towards north Africa. This will plunge Europe into a new ice age and restore the Sahara to the lush, green paradise that it was at one time, and that it has been in its regular cycles between humidity and aridity. Tenuously connected Proustian associations such as these are therefore inevitable while staring at this meditative painting, Q.E.D., and therefore this work would be ill advised as the focal reflection point for anyone experimenting with mind-altering drugs or abusing prescription pain killers.