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Roger Hiorns


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The work of Roger Hiorns (United Kingdom, 1975) is often about transformation. In 2008, he made his breakthrough with the installation Seizure, for which he filled a so-called "council flat" in London up to the ceiling with a mixture of water and copper sulfate. After a few weeks, he let the water run off to find that a beautiful, intensely colored deposit of copper sulfate remained on all the walls. The down-at-heel apartment had been transformed into a magical cave.
His work for Into Nature fits right into this line of work: Hiorns has chosen to place a six-meter long and three-meter high ship's engine, taken from a ship that was used to search for oil, in the middle of the Bargerveen. Now, seen in this location, it has suddenly become a curious, alienating object.
Het werk van Roger Hiorns (Verenigd Koninkrijk, 1975) gaat vaak over transformatie. In 2008 brak hij door met de installatie Seizure, waarvoor hij een zogenaamde 'council flat' in Londen tot het plafond toe had gevuld met een mengsel van water en kopersulfaat. Na enkele weken liet hij het water wegvloeien: op alle wanden bleef een prachtige, intensgekleurde kopersulfaat-afzetting achter. De gammele flat was getransformeerd in een magische grot. Hiorns heeft ook veel met verplaatsing gedaan: zo begroef hij al enkele malen een volledig personenvliegtuig onder het aardoppervlak en vermaalde hij een complete vliegtuigmotor tot dun, intens stof.
Zijn werk voor Into Nature past helemaal in deze lijn: Hiorns koos ervoor een zes meter lange en drie meter hoge scheepsmotor, van een schip dat vroeger naar olie zocht, midden op het Bargerveen te zetten. Nu, op deze plek, is het ineens een merkwaardig, vervreemdend object.
Roger Hiorns is included in Into Nature, a biennial art exhibition held in Drenthe region of the Netherlands, on view through October 24.
This year, works by a number of international artists have been installed throughout the Bargerveen Nature Reserve. For his contribution, Hiorns has installed a six-meter long, three-meter high engine taken from a ship that was used to search for seismic fractures and oil.
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.
Through the transformation of materials und objects, Roger Hiorns (b. Birmingham 1975) focuses on various aspects of modern life, closely analysing what is assumed or taken for granted. His works involve foaming assemblages of manufactured machine parts, paintings made from brain matter – an exploration of the origins of the disease vCJD – jet engines containing anti depressant drugs and naked young men both painted and in the flesh.
Hiorns has recently made canvases covered with copper sulphate. Delicate works of art, untouched by him, they are at once beautiful and problematising. There is a kind of instability embodied in them that epitomises his artistic practice as a whole.
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 Halleaarlem. 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