Joshua Liner hosts Cleon Peterson’s White Flag through June 11, 2011.
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.
The work is produced with acrylic on paper mounted on board, with stark contrast of materials key in building depth.
Photography by Jacob Breinholt for Curated.
Joshua Liner Gallery
548 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001