Here are more photos I took of Cleon Peterson's exterior vinyl installation at the MCA Denver. The MCA Denver, was the first US public building designed by world renowned architect, David Adjaye, who also designed the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. .
The exhibition is curated by Adam Lerner, the Mark G. Falcone Director and Chief Animator of MCA Denver and is on view until the end of May. If you are in Denver or will be traveling to Denver, I highly recommend checking our Cleon's work and our our beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art.
"SHADOW OF MEN:
Cleon Peterson: Shadow of Men gives visual expression to the artist’s own troubled past. Much of the work is borne of Peterson’s wrestling with such personal struggles as his dysfunctional family, a history of addiction, and his multiple experiences in the penal system. Stark black and white figures appear entangled and attenuated, with their bodies caught in moments of rage, violence, and mercy. The contrast of light and shadow, however, suggests a metaphor of two sides within each person: The shadow that perpetuates violence can be seen as an expression of one’s darkest, most repressed behaviors. As difficult as it might be, this visual representation of violence calls out a disturbing though fundamental element of society, something the critic Walter Benjamin noted when he wrote: “Every document of civilization is at the same time a record of barbarism.” The exhibition squarely addresses the nature of violence at a time when this subject seems increasingly uncomfortable, yet urgent."