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Nat Meade, Breeze, 2018, oil on hemp, 24 × 18".

Nat Meade, Breeze, 2018, oil on hemp, 24 × 18".

Nat Meade

Honey Ramka

“With my kid on my shoulders I try / Not to hurt anybody I like . . . / I defend my family with my orange umbrella / I’m afraid of everyone.”

The National’s 2010 song “Afraid of Everyone” evokes the conundrum of being a self-aware male (and a father) in a moment when masculinity, and gender overall, is under a microscope. The theme is one that permeates many of that indie band’s most resonant songs, and it informed the work of Nat Meade in this breakthrough solo show of paintings.

The men depicted in these fourteen works were simultaneously heroic—the geometric, angular faces of several invoked the Moai statues of Easter Island—and ridiculous, as some sported far-out tinted eyewear or dozed near crushed beer cans. Many possessed the ultimate accessories of maleness: full beards that reference classic “manly” archetypes and are omnipresent among hipster bros. Meade has claimed in interviews

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