Blood & Soil: Cleon Peterson's Channels Goya For his New Show in Los Angeles

Jul 08, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018Over the Influence, Los Angeles

Hong Kong-based Over The Influence will be opening Blood & Soil, a solo exhibition by Cleon Peterson on July 8th  their new LA space in the Arts District. The exhibition will feature new acrylic-on-canvas paintings, small bronze sculptures, and one large-scale sculpture. We have collaborated with Cleon on a series of animations for the exhibition, which you can see below. 

With a strong interest in human conflict throughout history, Cleon's new body of work will be reconciling violent history in comparison with present-day violence. Usually depicted through flat, collage-like compositions in which characters of different colors are engaging in physical, blood-thirsty clash, the newest works are somewhat switching focus to what precedes or follows such events. The new nightmarish images are portraying everything from a gun-loving society, to explicit high society debauchery starring familiar figures such as Donald Trump himself. Along with those, the new black, red and white paintings are bringing up some of the topics of modern US society, such as politics, police brutality or confederate monuments issue.

Evoking Goya's iconic The Third of May painting from 1808, Peterson's depictions of contemporary atrocities creates a vivid parallel with the brutal horrors of our past. Accented through the use of bright and strongly contrasting color palette, his ghostly subjects represent the powerful men who suppress the subjugated through bloodthirsty physical violence.  As a warning and critique of nationalism, populism, economic disparity, and autocracy, Peterson describes this anarchic chaos as "a gray world where law breakers and law enforcers are one in the same; a world where ethics have been abandoned in favor of personal entitlement." —Sasha Bogojev

The second animation by @cleonpeterson in collaboration with @juxtapozmag, inspired by work in his upcoming solo show “Blood & Soil” at @oti.official in LA, opening July 7th from 6-9pm. RSVP is a must, rsvp at [email protected]

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In advance of his exhibition "Blood & Soil", opening July 7 from 6-9 pm at Over the Influence Los Angeles, artist #CleonPeterson has collaborated with #Juxtapoz Magazine to create a series of 3 animations inspired by work in the show. Stay tuned for more in the coming days, and find out more about the show on CLEON PETERSON: BLOOD & SOIL Saturday, July 07 OPENING CELEBRATION 6–9PM RSVP is essential. Please email: mailto:[email protected] @cleonpeterson @oti.official

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