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Jørgen Craig Lello & Tobias Arnell have collaborated since 2003 and utilize logically broken trains of thought, false statements and fictional scenarios in their examination of how the world is interpreted and understood.
They primarily work with sculpture, though it often bleeds into photography, collage and image-works. Visually, the pieces hold a resigned trash- and DIY-aesthetic, with pretensions of slickness. Though the works are fundamentally idea-based, they are saturated with a strong, underlying material and sculptural disposition.
Their work questions basic social structures and methods, and their validity. By using historical documents, symbols and events, a wide range of interconnected concepts are subjected to a deconstructive process which emanates in a skewed perception of «the big picture».
The main theme in the works is the way the topics have been treated, which constructs an interpretation that feels complete, though invalid, or even preposterous.
In Norway, LELLO//ARNELL have participated in high profile group shows such as Lights On - Norwegian Contemporary Art at the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Norwegian Sculpture Biennial in addition to a number of solo exhibitions. In 2012 they are also participated in the opening exhibition of the new Astrup Fearnley Museum, To Be With Art Is All We Ask.
They have exhibited widely across Europe and in 2009, they participated in the Biennial of Graphic Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They have been acquired by a number of public and private collections, such as the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Sørlandet Art Museum, the Region Skåne Collection, the Slovenian Centre for Graphic Art and the Statoil Art Collection.
In 2013-14 they have solo exhibitions in Moss, Brussels, Vienna and Stuttgart. They are also participating in group exhibitions at Sørlandets Art Museum in Kristiansand and the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels and have contributed to Issue 4 of the Vector Artists Journal.
They have recently completed major public commissions for the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen and the University of Oslo, and will be completing a commission for a new regional hospital in Kalnes south of Oslo in 2015