Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Harlequin Donnybrook –2015 – acrylic on canvas – 36" x 48" x 1.5" (91.44cm x 121.92cm x 3.81cm)
There’s no clowning around when suppertime arguments take a deadly turn in the harlequin household. Viewers are confronted with merry-andrew questions of punchinello entropy: Can civilization persist when no gathering is safe from concealed firearms? Can the belief system of another hominid truly pose a threat to life and limb? And why are clowns the subject of absurdist horror films? No homespun hierarchy is safe from second amendment rights in a domestic setting, even when schmaltz is on the menu.