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Preview: Cleon Peterson’s “There is a War” at The Outsiders

Populated with monochromatic characters, Cleon Peterson's artworks are reminiscent of Grecian urns with their flattened figures. At the core, Peterson's graphic work is about oppression. Violent struggles are illustrated with a dose of melodrama, adding a dose of ridiculousness to the over-the-top violence. These abstract struggles don't take place in any specific social milieu, inviting the viewers to question whether this is a battle of good and evil or whether such a battle truly exists. Peterson will open a solo show at The Outsiders in London titled "There is a War," on view July 5 through August 3. Take a look at some of the artworks in the show after the jump.

Populated with monochromatic characters, Cleon Peterson’s artworks are reminiscent of Grecian urns with their flattened figures. At the core, Peterson’s graphic work is about oppression. Violent struggles are illustrated with a dose of melodrama, adding a dose of ridiculousness to the over-the-top violence. These abstract struggles don’t take place in any specific social milieu, inviting the viewers to question whether this is a battle of good and evil or whether such a battle truly exists. Peterson will open a solo show at The Outsiders in London titled “There is a War,” on view July 5 through August 3. Take a look at some of the artworks in the show below.

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