New York

Tom Waldron

Linda Durham Contemporary Art

For all their monumentality, Tom Waldron's welded-steel sculptures are oddly understated, perhaps because they are more broad than tall or because they feel scripted rather than spontaneous. The title of his recent exhibition, “The Character of the Equation,” suggests the mathematical basis of the work, the redetermination that contributes to its sedateness. Yet if Pounce doesn't pounce, Skid doesn't skid, and Dart doesn't dart, the five sculptures on view here (all 2001) do seem to be on the move, their curves and angles signaling some kind of upheaval. The massive Flood, with its pitching wavelike form, gives the game away: Waldron's sculptures are amorphous moments that have jelled into spaces; that is, they are fluxes that have become crystallized and becalmed.

Waldron's pieces have a certain luxurious look. Their shiny surface is as much a part of their story as their volume; in fact

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