Photos by G. Art by Cleon Patterson.
Timed perfectly with the alleged “Doomsday” that is supposed to take place this weekend, Los Angeles-based artist Cleon Patterson’s first solo exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York entitled “White Flag” is now showing. The figures in the works torture, maim, cut, and abuse one another, a surrender to the worst in humanity. There’s so much detail in the paintings, you will definitely have to see them up close to fully appreciate the beauty which also goes hand in hand with hostility.
The themes in the paintings are so relevant as people seem to be on the verge of destroying each other. It seems that we are a hair trigger away from all hell breaking loose. On the surface, Cleon Patterson’s work examines the growing racial conflicts across the world but when you dig deeper there are psychological conflicts between the ego and the id, right versus wrong and good versus evil at play in each painting. All these themes are subjective and when packaged in aesthetically pleasing works such as the ones Cleon Patterson has created, the viewer might feel inclined to surrender – but not in any typical sense of the word.
“White Flag” by Cleon Patterson is showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery(located at 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor) in New York through June 11, 2011. It can be seen in tandem with “Memento Mori” by Tat Ito (more on that exhibit coming soon).