Leontine Arvidsson: With Circumlocution

Based on movement, Leontine Arvidsson’s compositions are built by fragments of physical activity, layers emerging and coalescing by painting over failed attempts rather than erasing them. Instead of demolishing and diminishing errors, each performed movement encourages another doing, exploring new changes and new forms.

Arvidsson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, with circumlocution, shows a series of new sculptures and paintings. The cores of the sculptures are formed by bent and twisted rebar, resembling sketches of pencil lines drawn in the air, which are then wrapped with thin cloth lowered into a bath of acrystal. Time, place, circumstances and interaction impact the final form of the sculptures. As ideas evolve with time and changing circumstances, the experience of Arvidsson’s three-dimensional sculptures transform along with the movement of the spectator.


Paintings on the same type of fabric that wraps around the sculptures hang freely in the room. Seemingly hastily-painted brushstrokes of ink dash across the diaphanous fabric, creating moments of interference and convergence as the viewer moves about the exhibition.

Leontine Arvidsson (1974) born in Gothenburg, lives and works in Stockholm. Arvidsson has a BFA and a MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Previously, she has shown work at Waldemarsudde, Haninge Konsthall, SL Openplan Subway Station, Berlinale shorts, Berlins 63 International filmfestival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, FEMINA -International Women’s Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Tempo dokumentärfilmsfestival, New Doc och Tempo Short Award, in Stockholm, Gallery Jinsun in Seoul, galleri Arnstedt and FORUM Stockholm, among others. Recently, she was awarded Hötorget Art Grant 2014, Bærtling Foundation Scholarship 2014 and Marianne och Sigvard Bernadotte’s Art Grant 2015.

Images: Courtesy of ANNAELLEGALLERY