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Lunch with Alan and Ayn Print

Thomas Brodhead

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Alan shrugged when Ayn invited him to a tranch-lunch. "Oh, come on, it'll be fun!", his rabidly foamy-mouthed economic BFF said in response. "But Ayn," retorted Alan, "if man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress, shouldn't we go out and hunt for food in the wild using our bare hands? I mean, come on...all of the niceties provided to us by our (let's face it) slave labor in southeast Asia really just makes it too easy for us to sit back, fart, and enjoy life without any effort." "True, true," replied Ayn, "but since people can use their own homes as banks and borrow against them, the invisible hand of the market will eliminate any need for us to eat insects or other disgusting things. Besides, here in the confines of our stock-index-graph prison cell we're protected from such unpleasantries. Would you like to have a slice of a pork?" "Sure, Ayn, sure...you taught me the virtue of selfishness, and I'll follow your objectivism-based dietary policy." "Bon appetit, Alan…" (c) 2013 Thomas M. Brodhead

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

Frame:White

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A native of St. Louis who’s lived in middle Tennessee most of his life, Thomas Brodhead studied classical music theory, history, and composition at Oberlin in the 1980s. During those years, he pored over classical scores while studying orchestral and chamber works, unaware that he was absorbing geometric graphic design that’s been in his blood ever since. After college, he worked as a classical sheet music editor and engraver (music typesetter) for 20 years, writing original computer programs to set music notation so that it conformed to the best Greek proportions and geometries. (Importantly, he produced a Critical Performing Edition of the Fourth Symphony of Charles Ives, a work so rhythmically complex that it requires at least two—if not three—conductors to perform.) But arranging black glyphs on white paper grew tiresome, and starting in 2009, he turned to color and began to paint. At first, his paintings were cartoonish and comical, always paired with tongue-in-cheek artist statements on the meaning of each piece. Over time, though, he began to take his work more seriously, exploring color and geometry on large canvases (up to 4 feet by 3 feet), but never failing to pen an accompanying whimsical statement. But more and more the whimsy veiled serious social commentary, often on the dangers of transhumanism (the integration of humans and technology) and the infantilizing effects of social media. Painting and writing thus combined in a Wagnerian Gesamtkunswerk, in which the combination of the two formed the total artwork. He joked that his early humorous style—cartoonish and splattery, with an emphasis on narrative—was “on an overlooked axis connecting Jackson Pollock and Norman Rockwell.” But after studying the color theory of Albert Munsell and discovering the joyous geometries of the artist Stuart Davis, his work took a sharp turn. Still working on larger canvases, he began planning each work in detail, defining the exact composition of its figures and determining its color scheme in advance. The execution of the paintings took longer and longer, one even clocking in at 160 hours. Borrowing a technique from 20th century classical music—and a technique perhaps never before applied to visual art—he produced a series of fractalized paintings that, at times, have a dizzying paint-by-numbers quality.

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