The Hollow Hominid
Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – The Hollow Hominid –2014 – acrylic on canvas – 48" x 36" x 1.25" (121.92cm x 91.44cm x 3.18cm)
Here the artist presents the modern, first-world man stripped to his essence: hideous, childlike, and demanding. Abstract suggestions of toys and mental trinkets—all made possible, both conceptually and concretely, by an enlarged frontal lobe in the brain—are counterbalanced by a limbic system that has regressed to a state of reptilian depravity. Beneath coiffed hair and moisturized skin resides a hominid so lost to the real value of life that only the most cartoonish caricature of a child could limn this monster’s true nature. A perfect work for those who bow to the gods of $pirituality, this painting will not age as its possessor struggles against mortality, revealing all such efforts insipid, fatuous, and vainglorious.