A Nightmare on Sam Ridley Boulevard
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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – A Nightmare on Sam Ridley Boulevard –2012 – acrylic on canvas – 30" x 48" x 0.75" (76.2cm x 121.92cm x 1.91cm)
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In this sister work to Smyrnica, the artist depicts the inscrutable apparitions that appear in his dreams about nearby Sam Ridley Boulevard, once a mere side road off of I-24 southeast of Nashville, now the terrifying locus of chain restaurants and rubber-stamped reproductions of commercial America. While housing values in the area shall undoubtedly increase as residents engorge themselves on the readily-available GMO-laden foods at the rapidly-increasing local eateries, the artist pines for a time when the avenue was a simple connecting road to Lowry Street through the woodland-covered limestone of middle Tennessee.