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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Radioactive Testimony –2012 – acrylic on canvas – 40" x 30" x 0.75" (101.6cm x 76.2cm x 1.91cm)
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It’s chaos in the courtroom when the unexpected appearance of a banana distracts a hostile witness from the trial proceedings. Not even the gavel-hammering of a carrot judge can unroot the entropy in this tableaux; no one—not the Satan-eyed cat, nor the blindfolded lady justice, nor the gingerbread defendant nor even his rodent barrister—seems aware of the bomb that threatens to destroy the proceedings that have clearly been handed over to the lower primates. Everyone’s aglow in this radioactive painting, a visual paean to a legal system desperately in need of tort reform.