We are happy to announce our second solo exhibition at Galleri Erik Steen. The exhibition opens on Thursday, April 7 2011 at 19:00.
PRESS RELEASE, GALLERI ERIK STEEN
We are pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by LELLO//ARNELL – the artists' second exhibition at our gallery.
LELLO//ARNELL's photographic collage The Chief Executive Meditation Piece (After Desmond Morris) stems from a painting by the British zoologist and artist Desmond Morris. This painting featured on the cover of the first edition of Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, a book which Jeffrey Skilling, the director of Enron, counted amongst his favourites. The latter misinterpreted the book as asserting that humans survive by a genetic strengthening of their instinct for greed and competition, which makes it difficult to believe that he ever really read it. With evolutionary business foresight, he formed a committee that drew up an annual evaluation of the employees and fired the 15% worst of them.
The photographic collage mirrors Morris' composition through its use of potted plants, desk lamps and carpets, culminating in a talisman-like object whose purpose is to impart sublime wisdom and understanding for business operations. The work sets the agenda for a particular kind of logic that permeates the exhibition and portrays reality as a malleable mass that can be kneaded into whatever you like – or do not like.
The Charlatan Mind springs from ideas about the individual as alienated and outcast, who, due to loss of contact with his surroundings, falls back on an alternative perception of reality and embraces this so strongly that his alienation becomes self-perpetuating. The exhibition, consisting of a small number of large two- and three-dimensional works, is put together as a narrative about a diffuse individual and can be interpreted as a psychological portrait of this individual and his mental decay.
The artist duo LELLO//ARNELL consists of Jørgen Craig Lello (born 1978 in Fredrikstad) and Tobias Arnell (born 1978 in Lund). Recent solo exhibitions include Transmission, Galerie Susan Nielsen in Paris (2010); LELLO//ARNELL, Aalesund Art Association (2010); The New Ritual, Akershus Art Centre (2010); The Great Migration, Christianssand Art Association (2009) and Revision, Galleri 21 in Malmö (2009). Additionally their works have been included in exhibitions as the 28th Biennial of Graphic Art, MGLC in Ljubljana (2009), Rock-Paper-Scissors, Galerie Susan Nielsen in Paris (2009); Mutual: On Collaboration at Samson Projects, Boston (2008); International Call, Luis Adelantado Gallery in Valencia (2008) and Lights On – Norwegian Contemporary Art, Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art in Oslo (2008).
Visuals of LELLO//ARNELL's works are available on request. For more information, please contact Erik Steen or Nina Paus, telephone +47 22 55 09 54, or visit our website www.eriksteen.no