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 About Artist

Jørgen Craig Lello was born in Fredrikstad, Norway, in 1978. Tobias Arnell was born in Lund, Sweden, in 1978. They live and work in Oslo, Norway.

Jørgen Craig Lello & Tobias Arnell have collaborated since 2003 and utilize logically broken lines 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 By using historical documents, symbols and events, a wide range of interconnected concepts are subjected to a deconstructive process which emanates in a skewed perception of «the big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.


Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany

Apophenia of the Hidden Mind, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna, Austria
Jozsa Gallery, Brussels
Stockholm Syndrome, Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Spectrum, House of Foundation, Moss

Parallel Self, TM51, Oslo
Echo Chamber, Beers.Lambert Contemporary, London

The Lurker at the Threshold, Gallery USF, Bergen
Epilogue, Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The Charlatan Mind, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo

Transmission, Galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris, France
LELLO//ARNELL, Aalesund kunstforening, Ålesund
The New Ritual, Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm
Undiscovering, Østfold Kunstnersenter, Fredrikstad

The Great Migration, Christianssands Kunstforening, Kristiansand
Reproduction, Vestfold Kunstnersenter, Tønsberg
Revision, Galleri 21, Malmö, Sweden

Rediscovery, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo

Galleri Pictura, Lund, Sweden
Fiction & Forgery, Heimdal kunstforening, Trondheim

Team Mirage, Galleri 21:24, Oslo

The Cargo Cult of Tobias Arnell & Jørgen Craig Lello, Galleri 21:26, Oslo


Scope Basel, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Austria
Art Brussels, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Austria
L´oevre au noir, Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Art Paris, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna, Austria
A Book Between Two Stools, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Collecting Then and Now for Later, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Norway

Living With More Art, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
The limits of my language means the limits of my world, Platform Stockholm, Stockholm

To Be With Art Is All We Ask, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway
Die Nacht ist in den Tag verliebt, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna, Vienna, Austria
5..., Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Diamonds are forever, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
Acting on a Tip, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway
Figures and Narratives - Work from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Sogn Kunstsenter, Lærdalsøyri, Norway
Their work is fabulous, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo, Norway
Group exhibition, Museum of Longing and Failure, Bergen, Norway

Kunstbasseng, Galleri Tipi, Oslo, Norway

28. Biennial of Graphic Art, MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalog)
Kalender2009, Snowball Editions
#1, Oslo Open, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo, Norway
New Works, Galleri Erik Steen, Oslo, Norway
Dark Matters, Peder Balke Center, Toten, Norway
Rock-Paper-Scissors, Galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris, France
Guttestrekar?, Hå Gamle Prestegård, Hå (catalog)
Kalender2008, Lautom Contemporary, Oslo, Norway

Mutual: On Collaboration, Samson Projects, Boston MA, USA
Planka #4, Galleri Planka, Oslo, Norway
X International Call, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, Spain
Kalender 2008, Snowball Editions / Torpedo, Oslo, Norway
Lights On - norsk samtidskunst, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (catalog), Norway
Rykk Tilbake til Start, 0047 OSLO, Oslo, Norway

Norwegian Sculpture Biennial 2006, Vigeland Museum, Oslo (catalog), Norway