The iconic works of Cleon Peterson (Seattle, USA, 1973) portray the struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society. The impact of his works stems from the contrast between the formal elegance of his two-tone palette and the violent themes.
This sense of violence and these instances of denouncement are expressed through the rhythmic twisting of aggressive and powerful shadow-like forms engaging in a virile despotic dance.
Cleon Peterson was born in Seattle, Washington in 1973. He studied at the Art Center College of Design, and received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit in 2006. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Past exhibitions include: Stare Into The Sun, Pi̇levneli̇ Gallery, Istanbul, 2019; Blood & Soil, OTI Gallery, Los Angeles, 2018; The Shadow of Men at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 2018; Victory, Galerie Du Jour, Paris, 2017; The Judgement, Plus One, Antwerp, 2016; Purity, Over the Influence Gallery, Hong Kong, 2016; Poison, Library Street Collective, Detroit, 2005; Disappear Into Midnight, Galerie du Jour Agnès B, Parigi, 2015; End of Days, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, 2014; The Brinksman, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, 2012; The Brinksman, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco 2011; White Flag, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY 2011; Daybreak, New Image Art, Los Angeles, 2010; The Unconsoled, Alice Gallery, Bruxelles 2009; The Mirror Stage, Cleon Peterson and Kill Pixie, 2009; Monster Children Gallery, Sydney, 2009; The Occupation, New Image Art, Los Angeles, 2009.
Past group exhibitions: Over the Influence, Art Stage Singapore, 2017; Over the Influence at Art16, London 2016; Over the Influence, Hong Kong, 2016; A Decade Of Lazarides, Lazarides Rathbone, Fitzrovia, Londra, 2016; Work In Progress, Gastman, Los Angeles, 2015; Agents Provocateurs, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, 2015; Still Here, Cruel Summer, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, 2014; These Friends Three, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, 2012; Postermat, The Hole, New York, 2011; New Image Art, SCOPE Fair, Miami, 2011; Pure Logo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, 2011; Public Domaine, Gaite Lyrique, Parigi 2011; The Power of Selection, Part 3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago 2010; Come As You Are, Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, 2010; 14 Artists, New Image Art, Los Angeles 2009; Trailblazers, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, 2008; Locals Only, VASF Gallery, San Francisco, 2008; Scope New York, New Image Art, New York; Aqua Art Miami, New Image Art, Miami Beach, 2007; Those Damn Yanks, Leonard Street Gallery, London 2007.