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Cleon Peterson at Joshua Liner Gallery
This is a must-see show. Cleon Peterson's unsettling, entralling scenes of ritualistic violence will defintiely shock and compel. The opening is tonight (May 19) at Joshua Liner Gallery, 6-9pm. Check out a clip of the press release below.
May 17–June 11, 2011
Opening reception, Gallery I: Thursday, May 19, 6–9 PM
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present White Flag, an exhibition of new paintings by the Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson. This is Peterson’s first solo show at the gallery.
If the title of this new body of work suggests a surrender, it’s not the conventional sort. Known for his depictions of graphic violence and depravity, Peterson’s dystopian art rips the lid off of accepted social decorum to unleash aggression and other pent-up impulses. As figures torture, maim, cut, and abuse one another, a surrender to the worst in humanity is staged on the surfaces of the artist’s work—here, it can be safely, cathartically, and even aesthetically enacted.