The prolific Cleon Peterson is getting ready to launch his solo exhibition at Library Street Collective in Detroit this week entitled “Poison.” Peterson is Cranbrook alumni and returns back to Michigan to unveil a new body of work consisting of paintings and sculptures. More information and images after the jump.
“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.”