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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Mopar Memoria –2022 – oil on canvas – 24" x 30" x 1.5" (60.96cm x 76.2cm x 3.81cm)
A bemused ape appears to dance while considering the romance of the open road, one of beatnik ballads made manifest on a raised dais. The room is safe only for the surefooted: a banana, a pool of water, and an amorphous alligator suggest viewers keep a wide berth of the attraction...or is the last floor-hazard merely tomato soup spilled after an environmental protest gone terribly wrong? The sun above the scene is no substitute for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, yet the antenna on the ape’s helmet suggests we phone home for reinforcements before approaching any moped ex machina.