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Roger Hiorns
Seizure, 2008
An Artangel / Jerwood Commission
Harper Road, London
Photo: Marcus Leith, London

Roger Hiorns’ sculptural work generates and inhabits interstices between dissentient ideas: construction and destruction; the theological and the technological; temporality and permanence; authoritarian control and organic spontaneity. His objects are threaded with an unease that ties them, and our experience of them, to the amorphous, unrelenting global anxiety which suffuses our everyday understanding and reality.

Hiorns’ work is centered on investigating interactions between organic and inorganic objects, specifically relating to power relations and the perversity of authority. Exhibited in the atomization of a passenger jet aircraft engine; antidepressants embedded in a complex piece of machinery; the presence of a nude youth aligned with nuanced objects; and a series of aircrafts buried in the earth, Hiorns’ works act as proposals that offer a new understanding of objects, and significantly, of the behaviors they can provoke.

Born in 1975 in Birmingham, England, Hiorns lives and works in London. He has been featured in exhibitions at institutions throughout Europe and the Americas, including the Venice Biennale; MoMA PS1, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Armand Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and De Hallen, Haarlem. Hiorns’ work is included in institutional collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; and Tate Modern, London. In 2009, Hiorns was nominated for the Turner Prize for his critically acclaimed work, Seizure, a massive crystallization within the interior of a bedsit in a condemned South London council estate. In 2011, Seizure was acquired by the Arts Council Collection and is currently on a ten-year loan for exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Hiorns has recently had solo exhibitions at Centre PasquArt, Biel; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; and Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires.

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Roger Hiorns
A retrospective view of the pathway (pathways), 1990 – ongoing
Jet airliner, burial
Dimensions variable
Installation view
October 1, 2017 – May 17, 2019
ELI Beamlines Center, Prague
Photo: Jan Vidlicka

Roger Hiorns
A retrospective view of the pathway, 2008 – ongoing
Foam, compressor, and stainless steel tanks
Dimensions variable
Installation view
June 21 – September 17, 2017
Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois

Roger Hiorns
Free Tank: The retrospective view of the pathway, 2012 – 2016
Granite, steel, concrete
Dimensions variable
Photo © Jamie Woodley

Roger Hiorns
(Untitled) Sex Painting, 2018
Oil pigment, latex, and acrylic medium on polyurethane sheet
 

Roger Hiorns
Untitled (Surface 2), 2014
Steel, flat screen, youth
18 1/2 x 81 1/2 x 48 1/2 inches
(46 x 207 x 123.25 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2014
Atomised passenger aircraft engine and granite altarpiece
Dimensions variable
Installation view
September 6 – October 18, 2014
Luhring Augustine, New York

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2014
Plastic, compressor, and foam
Dimensions variable

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2013
Steel, engine, and copper sulphate
66 7/8 x 22 7/8 x 26 3/4 inches
(170 x 58 x 68 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Untitled (Security Object), 2013
Cast stone
31 1/2 x 106 3/4 x 32 1/4 inches
(80 x 271 x 82 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Adolescent Torso, 2013
Steel, webbing, jet engine, brain matter, citalopram
106 x 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
(269.24 x 90.17 x 90.17 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2012
Public bench, fire, youth
Dimensions variable
Installation view
De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem
December 1, 2012 – February 24, 2013

Roger Hiorns
Untitled (Perfect Lovers), 2012
Copper sulfate on found clocks
1 3/4 x 35 inches
(4.4 x 88.9 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Untitled (Alliance), 2010
Pratt & Whitney TF33 P9 engines that were once mounted on a Boeing EC-135 surveillance plane, Effexor, Citalopram, and Mannitol
Dimensions variable
Installation view at The Art Institute of Chicago
May 1 – September 19, 2010

Roger Hiorns
Seizure, 2008
An Artangel / Jerwood Commission
Harper Road, London
Photo: Marcus Leith, London

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2008
Atomized passenger aircraft engine
Dimensions variable
Installation view in September 11
MoMA PS1, New York
September 11, 2011 – January 9, 2012
Photo: Matthew Septimus

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2008
Stainless steel, brain matter
24 4/5 x 24 4/5 x 1 1/2 inches
(63 x 63 x 4 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Copper Sulphate Chartres & Copper Sulphate Notre-Dame, 1996
Card constructions with copper sulphate chemical growth; mounted on glass and wood trestle table with Perspex cover underlit by two strip lights
54 x 44 1/4 x 25 2/3 inches
(137 x 125 x 65 cm)
Installation view in The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture
May 27 – October 16, 2011
Saatchi Gallery, London

Roger Hiorns
Beachy Head, 2005
Ceramic, felt, compressors, foam
Left unit: 15 x 11 4/5 x 11 4/5 inches (38 x 30 x 30 cm)
Center unit: 33 4/5 x 11 4/5 x 11 4/5 inches (86 x 30 x 30 cm)
Right unit: 15 x 11 4/5 x 11 4/5 inches (38 x 30 x 30 cm)

Roger Hiorns
All night chemist, 2004
Chair, engine, copper sulfate, steel
28 1/3 x 28 3/4 x 49 3/5 inches
(72 x 73 x 126 cm)

Roger Hiorns
Untitled, 2000
Mercedes engine and youth
Dimensions variable

Roger Hiorns
The savage anomaly, 1998
Combustion control equipment, metal frameworks
Dimensions variable

Video

Exhibition preview and interview, 2014

Courtesy of Jarred Alterman

Contact

For more information, please contact Julia Speed at julia@luhringaugustine.com.

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