In Cleon Peterson’s anxiety-riddled world, violence is the status quo.
of Peterson’s paintings feature images of hostility removed from any
scenery that might bring reason to bear a sense of justness to the
brutality; the only context given is the mélange of evisceration coating
In other works, the setting is a cityscape where storefronts
only serve to indulge the base narcissism and vice taking place on the
Where one might sense that Peterson’s characters occupy a lawless
world, there is rather a significant presence of authorities, albeit
wantonly corrupt and perhaps more savage than the civilian population.
And while the official’s uniform connotes his mandate for dominance, the
real power is vested in an erratic sea of like-minded miscreants that
forces outsiders to bend to its will.
Deviance is simply the norm, and
the displaced individual is forced to navigate this wicked world alone,
finding hollow bits of pleasure and meaning in violence, sex, religion