Lamar Peterson at Fredericks & Freiser in NYC

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 03 Apr 2011
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Lamar Peterson has been on our radar for years, and his newest show at Fredericks & Freiser in NYC was one we had circled for quite some time after seeing his show at Freiser in 2009. We headed over to the space a few days ago to snap some shots of Lamar's work, and to see what sort of witty additions he added to his repertoire.

Lamar did a great job with the flat, colorful depictions of suburbia with a cartoon look. It is like a cartoon with a dark twist, and Freiser notes, "Inspired by elementary school bulletin boards, educational activity books, and crepe paper streamers, Peterson creates graphic portraits of an irrational world where happy characters are resolutely accepting of grotesque misfortune. The plague of absurdities presented in these paintings is rooted in popular culture as much as it is in old-hat surrealism. Issues of race, community, and social and economic upheaval are candy-colored and darkly comic. Smiling faces are unrelenting."

All photos by Brock Fetch.

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Lamar Peterson
New Works
Through April 23, 2011
Fredericks & Freiser
New York, New York

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