Cleon Peterson, ‘Modernica Chair’, 2014, Julien's Auctions
Cleon Peterson, ‘Modernica Chair’, 2014, Julien's Auctions

Chair dimensions: 37 x 26 x 26 in.
Plinth dimensions: 9 x 26 x 26 in.

With an aesthetic rooted in graphic design and a style reminiscent of Greco-Roman vases, Cleon Peterson’s art depicts a world in which deviance is the norm and violence, sex, and drugs bring a hollow pleasure. A former drug addict who initially struggled to recover, Peterson does not rely on symbolism or allusion, as many other artists do; instead he depicts a chaotic and chilling reality-police brutality, stabbings, and strangulation. Kao relates to Peterson’s work “This dark side that lives within us all acts as a mirror; looking at our own reflections can have the power to inspire change.” Influenced by Leon Golub, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley, Peterson portrays a world in which hostility and violence are rendered senseless and without context. Modernica and Soze gallery have recently collaborated on several projects.

Signature: Signed and dated in black marker on verso "Cleon Peterson '14"

Soze Gallery Collection

About Cleon Peterson

With an aesthetic rooted in graphic design and a style reminiscent of Greco-Roman vases, Cleon Peterson’s art depicts a world in which deviance is the norm and violence, sex, and drugs bring a hollow pleasure. A former drug addict who initially struggled to recover, Peterson does not rely on symbolism or allusion, as many other artists do; instead he depicts a chaotic and chilling reality—police brutality, stabbings, and strangulation. Influenced by Leon Golub, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley, Peterson portrays a world in which hostility and violence are rendered senseless and without context.

American, b. 1973, Seattle, Washington, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

2015
Detroit,
"Poison" A Solo Exhibition By Cleon Peterson