March 08, 2012

Cleon Peterson "The Brinksman" exhibition at Guerrero Gallery


Cleon Peterson
The Brinksman

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 10th, 7-11pm
Show Dates: March 10 - April 7, 2012

Guerrero Gallery is pleased to present The Brinksman, an exhibition by Cleon Peterson. Through his paintings, we encounter a world riddled with anxiety, corruption and savage ferocity, where deviance and violence equal the usual state of affairs. Peterson describes his bedlam 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.”



Peterson depicts life as war between displaced individuals in a dystopian world. Acts of brutality, abuse and perversion serve as rituals of power, revealing narcissistic indulgences in violence, sex, religion and drugs. In exploring the tension between the individual consciousness and unconscious psyche, Peterson’s paintings bring to light the resulting possibilities when varying moral schemes are personified. When faced with the dilemma of fight or flight, it’s fight. We observe an ongoing struggle in the thick of a contemporary world, where the instinctual desire to survive through primitive actions takes reign.

Guerrero Gallery
2700 19th Street
San Francisco, 94110
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