Cleon Peterson “Into The Sun”
[Image: Collecting Bodies, 2016 ©Cleon Peterson]
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Cleon Petersonʼs anxiety-riddled world, violence is the status quo. His dystopian scenes evoke Thomas Hobbes’ description of life as war between individuals: solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Deviance is simply the norm, and the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone, finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion and drugs. Peterson describes his bedlam as “a gray world where law breakers and law enforcers are one in the same; a world where ethics have been abandoned in favor of personal entitlement.” In this exhibition, 10+ new paintings including a huge painting are going to be on display.
Into the Sun explores our new reality, a world where humanity is divided by war and chaos. A world where human values have broken down and been replaced by the ideology of war and revenge. Cultures and religions clash, each one fighting to impose its vision and ideals on the other. The utopian ideals of compassion and understanding have been replaced by the idea of the outsider or other. Human life has become valueless taken over by the machine of war. At the heart of all of this is an impulse to make the world pure.
from May 27, 2016 to August 12, 2016