"The courtroom sketch, simply titled “Rodeo Clown,” is a brilliant work, at risk of being dismissed for the mundane civic function it was meant to serve. It will no doubt some day be remembered fondly by more erudite art historians. What at first appearance seems to be a haphazard and shoddy work, on closer inspection is actually quite practiced and purposeful, implicitly reflecting the mood of the scene.
It depicts a courtroom in which a prosecutor argues her case. She is a middle-aged woman whose whole life has been quickly unraveled after a sudden unexpected encounter with the eponymous Rodeo Clown, a man who travels the country in a roaring open-topped automobile accompanied by harsh rock ‘n’ roll music, wrecking havoc with his grim foods and bleak humors.
The clown himself sits calm and devil-like, surrounded by an aura of relaxed purple and yellow, calling to mind the deep-friers with which he plies his trade. He wears a stark expression, his mountebank eyes addressing the prosector, surveying her for weaknesses. But he also looks tired. Note the dull lighting. We ask: is there trouble in Flavortown?
The other characters maintain a bored demeanor, mere props as the courtroom machinery churns on; it’s not their day of reckoning, though it serves as an eerie reminder to them (and the viewer) that it will be very soon.”