Although a few weeks off, its never too soon to check in with past cover artist, Cleon Peterson, and his upcoming solo show at Library Street Collective in Detroit. Entitled Poison, the show sees the Cranbrook alum come back to Michigan and show a new body of work, as well as porcelain sculptures.

Although a few weeks off, its never too soon to check in with past cover artist, Cleon Peterson, and his upcoming solo show at Library Street Collective in Detroit. Entitled Poison, the show sees the Cranbrook alum come back to Michigan and show a new body of work, as well as porcelain sculptures.

“This show is about revenge, which is a current of poison running through our culture and other cultures around the world,” Peterson says. “It’s often a motivation for war and justification for punishment; it’s a social impulse that is destructive and easy to become complicit in.” While his characters have uncivilized, archaic forms, the concepts behind the artist’s portrayals are backed by Peterson’s historic and contemporary social commentary. “Everything I do is a reaction to the world we live in,” Peterson says. “I’m always thinking about what’s going on inside and outside of our country, between race, power and religion. I think there are huge problems in the world that have been going on forever and people have good reasons to be angry and seek change.”

Cleon Peterson // Poison
August 29—October 15, 2015
Library Street Collective, Detroit