CLEON PETERSON X HYSTERIA

OVER THE INFLUENCE | LOS ANGELES

Cleon Peterson "HYSTERIA"

@cleonpeterson

833 EAST 3RD STREET
LOS ANGELES CA 90013
+1 310 921 5933
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Cleon is no stranger to confronting taboo topics in his art, he and I met while working together in 1995 at Tumyeto HQ where he acted as Art Director and I as company Photographer. His art then tackled current affairs and topics that no one else dared to do. He caught everyone's attention that year while doing a skateboard graphic for Foundation team rider Steve Olson. The painting Cleon did for that board depicted Courtney Love standing over Kurt Cobain's dead body while she was holding a shotgun, clearly making the statement of her being accountable for the icon's death. It would be 10+ years later until documentaries and conspiracies would make the same claim. I ran into Cleon a couple of weeks ago, we chatted about interviewing about this new show. Here we are, I can't think of a single question.  I spent an hour or so by myself at the gallery pondering and realizing just how intelligent and precise these works convey our current times. These pieces speak loudly and clearly.