Cleon Peterson: Landscapes

18 June - 18 July 2020

Cleon Peterson's chaotic and violent paintings show the struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society. In his newest body of works, the artist has placed his figures into an expansive and sublime landscape, the compositions of which are in dialog with the German Romanticist master Caspar David Friedrich’s Wander above the Sea of Fog. Standing alone in front of epic nature and identifying with the central figure, the viewer's experience echoes with both the heroic excitement and contemplative spirituality evoked by the sublime. These paintings are a reflection of our scale and our hubris in the turbulent world in which we now live. Where man once saw endless possibility and domination, he now learns that he too is subject to nature.