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Thomas Brodhead – American, born 1968 – Shotputulos –2021 – oil on canvas – 20" x 20" x 1.25" (50.8cm x 50.8cm x 3.18cm)
A non-binary shot-putter competes before unseen crowds on a vista of chromatic division...or is it merely a skeleton of athletic vanity, revealed in the sinews of intramural ennui? Or could it be a cousin of Clippy, Microsoft’s animated assistant, preparing to cast a circle of sunshine against the shade thrown at its justifiably maligned relative? Blue sky meets orange earth in a work that challenges the viewer’s relationship to office supplies, all the while suggesting that sometimes a paper clip is just a paper clip.