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Backdrop for absolute sovereignty Petrine Lillevold Vinje. " Kulisse for absolutt suverenitet". Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Petrine Lillevold Vinje
Backdrop for absolute sovereignty

24 November - 1 January 2012

The exhibition will be opened by Stephanie von Spreter, art historian and director of Fotogalleriet.

We welcome you to an exhibition of new works by Petrine Lillevold Vinje. The main element of the exhibition is the sculpture Backdrop for absolute sovereignty (2011).

Petrine Lillevold Vinje has in recent years worked on the basis of sacred space and with monumental sculpture. In the sumptuous baroque decorations of European chapels and cathedrals we find modeled draperies made of plaster or colored marble. The draperies can be seen as set designs for the essential in the assignment of the baroque artist – a portrait of a cleric or saint. The wooden sculpture Backdrop for absolute sovereignty is a reproduction of the drapery in Bernini’s statue Constantine the Great in the Scala Regia, Vatican City (1654-1669). The work acts as a contemporary version of a familiar but not recognizable object, given that it is taken out of its proper context and is not the essential element of the original.

In the exhibition, we also find a photo ... Hell (2011), of a garment. It is part of a photoseries of images of items from our recent history and popular culture, which has a individual symbolic significance.

Petrine Lillevold Vinje’s artistic pracice can be seen as a reflection on the use of visual language, the power of image and meaningless traditions. In the distance between the object and its symbolic value, there is a longing and something unfulfilled. This is a general interest for the artist and she processes this through her own interpretations of key visual elements from western art history and society. Petrine Lillevold Vinje shows monumental sculptures in installations with drawings and photographs. Through her work she wants to attribute the history with new stories - and create new connections. The distance between her conceptual base and the materiality of her work stresses them as structures for a new, imaginary historiography.

The exhibition can also be a contribution to a discourse on craft traditions in the contmeporary art. The project also explores a possible flattening in the history of art, where layer upon layer of interpretation reach a climax in today’s informal practice of appropriation.

A small, pamphlet in two parts is published in conjunction with the exhibitions. Part I was released at the opening of The Right Finds the Pearl at Akershus Kunstsenter (Oct–Nov 2011) and Part II is published at the exhibition in SOFT gallery.

Petrine Lillevold Vinje, born 1980 in Askim, lives and works in Oslo. She holds a MA from the Institute of color of National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2005. She has had solo exhibitions in Arendal Fine Art Society, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo and just finished a solo exhibition at Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm. Petrine Lillevold Vinje has participated in several group exhibitions.
For more information: http://www.petrinelillevold.com

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Backdrop for absolute sovereignty

Petrine Lillevold Vinje. ” Kulisse for absolutt suverenitet”. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Backdrop for absolute sovereignty

Petrine Lillevold Vinje. ” Kulisse for absolutt suverenitet”. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Backdrop for absolute sovereignty

Petrine Lillevold Vinje. “...Hell” Fotografi. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen

Backdrop for absolute sovereignty

Petrine Lillevold Vinje. ” Kulisse for absolutt suverenitet”. Foto: Øystein Thorvaldsen