Pecker Tracks is the latest solo exhibit by Brooklyn artist Nat Meade. In this group of oil paintings, Nat looks for insight into certain male types, which he presents as simultaneously dignified, ridiculous, vapid and yearning for identity or authenticity. Winnowing these portraits to nonspecific collections of forms, he adorns them with outsized tinted glasses, bushy beards and other affectations. Darkly cartoonlike, these works comment on the clash between perpetual immaturity and adult responsibility, aspiring to grasp at a nebulous definition of contemporary masculinity.
Painting on rough, burlap-like linen surfaces, Nat spends many hours with his subjects, often creating several iterations of each composition, simplifying, layering, reducing and enriching as necessary. He works within what he calls the most basic, enjoyable formal parameters: The result of light hitting an object and casting a shadow. Though he feels no loyalty to actual physical-world accuracy, he finds satisfaction in exploring the possibilities of this interaction- a sparkling glint on a lens; the hard, graphic shadow of a nose or eye socket.