Backstabber
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  • Provenance

    Over the Influence, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Hong Kong, Over the Influence, Cleon Peterson: Purity, 21 - 31 January 2016

  • Catalogue Essay

    With an aesthetic rooted in clean graphic design, Los-Angeles-based artist Cleon Peterson has established a name for his monochromatic dystopian scenes governed by violence and chaos. As embodied in Backstabber, the striking visual world reflected in Peterson's works is filled with references to power, submission and mortality. Drawing inspiration from Classical art, in particular the scenes of warriors in battle that adorned ancient Greco-Roman vases, the deviant characters in Peterson's contemporary works are rendered in clean lines and a starkly minimalist colour palette that immediately draws the eye in.

    Executed in 2015, Backstabber is as mesmerising as it is disturbing, featuring a pair of figures entangled in a violent struggle. Rendered without context, the hostile scene portrayed symbolises the reality observed by Peterson within the current global socio-political situation. In discussing why his work focuses on scenes of chaos, Peterson explains: 'People think you have an obligation, as an artist, to project positivism and not be critical. But in my world, all the art I've always responded to works against that, is critical, and is a commentary on the status quo' (Cleon Peterson quoted in Braudie Blais-Billie, 'Interview: Cleon Peterson Talks Depicting Society's Violence and Deviating From ‘The Rules’ in His Art', Complex, 30 July 2014, online). Peterson's provocative works confront viewers with a necessary call to action.

  • Catalogue Essay

    將美學建立在簡潔的平面構圖上,駐洛杉磯的視覺藝術家克萊恩・佩特森以創作中被暴力和混亂統治的單色調,反烏托邦場景為其特色。正如《背後捅刀》所示,佩特森作品中反應出驚人的視覺效果,充滿了對權力,屈服和生死的引射。受古希臘和古羅馬陶器上的戰爭圖像啟發,佩特森當代畫作中怪異的人物,運用簡潔的線條和鮮明的極簡色調來描繪,迅速吸引觀者的眼球。

    創作於2015年,《背後捅刀》令人著迷又不安,描繪了一對糾纏在暴力中掙扎的人物。沒有明顯的語境,這個敵對的場景代表了派特森對當下國際社會和政治形勢的觀察。在探討為什麼他的作品關注混亂的場景時,佩特森解釋道: 「作為一個藝術家,人們覺得你有義務,去投射正面的東西而不是去批判。但在我的世界裡,我所回應的所有藝術作品都與之相反,是批判性的,是對現狀的評論。」(克萊恩・佩特森, 引自Braudie Blais-Billie, 《訪談:克萊恩・佩特森探討對社會暴力的描述和他偏離「規則」的藝術》, 《Complex》, 2014年7月30日,截自網路,)派特森具有啟發性的作品直面觀者,呼籲行動。

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Backstabber

2015
signed and dated 'Cleon 15' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
41 x 41 cm. (16 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Painted in 2015.

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 200,000 
€11,900-23,900
$12,800-25,600

sold for HK$125,000

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