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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Cocktail Conundrum –2022 – oil on canvas – 24" x 30" x 1.5" (60.96cm x 76.2cm x 3.81cm)
A cocktail olive waxes philosophical while musing through menu options at a swanky restaurant at the edge of the multiverse: “Shall I have an hors d’oeuvre when I’m technically part of the fare? Is cannibalism a faux pas in the plant kingdom? Who stuffed a pimento in me, anyway? And why am I garnishing sloeberry gin?” Questions like these may create dining dilemmas for vegetarians, but the viewer can take heart and fear not a future with sentient fruit: While there’s no accounting for taste across competing realities, humans will feast only on abstractions in this one.