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Daphne Fitzpatrick, Carson McCullers in a Suit, 2018, Duratrans, 22 × 27".

Daphne Fitzpatrick

Gordon Robichaux

Last year, I slipped on a banana peel while walking down the street. Just a little lurching wobble: I was actually more incredulous than hurt. It’s the stuff of vaudeville, slapstick: the kind of event you think could never actually happen in real life—until it does. Daphne Fitzpatrick’s “3 Dollar Bill,” full of such moments, destabilized the viewer in much the same way. One-liners abounded, with plenty of objects that Acme would have proudly listed in its catalogue: a slice of Swiss cheese (is there any other type in cartoons?) made from beeswax and cantilevered on a rare buffalo nickel, a handsaw straight out of a Looney Tunes tool kit, and lots of “bright ideas” (i.e., lightbulbs).

The gallery was dominated by a plywood ramp that led to a pair of large windows. Placed on and around the ramp were several makeshift lamps and a weathered wheel chock, among other items. Installed across from

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