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Tom Meacham

Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery

Tom Meacham’s second solo exhibition at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery was sharp in several senses of the word. A cleanly designed installation of starkly graphic paintings juxtaposed with mass-produced objects, it had the measured visual elegance of a bespoke suit. That the objects in question were assault knives—in a variety of colors and sizes ranging from the almost cute to the unarguably intimidating—made a more literal connection. And while it is debatable that the show’s conceptual underpinnings deserved the above descriptor quite so unequivocally (they were a little too open-ended for that), Meacham seems well informed about the particular highways and byways of modernism that are his current work’s driving force.

Seven of the nine paintings in the show employ clear variations on a tessellating trihedral pattern appropriated from the Louis Kahn–designed ceiling of the Yale Art Gallery, an

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