Roger Hiorns

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Roger Hiorns at Tate Britain in 2009

Roger Hiorns (born 1975) is a British Contemporary artist who works in London. His primary media is sculpture and installation, using a wide variety of materials, including metals, wood and plastics. He also works in the media of video and photography.

Education[edit]

Hiorns was born in Birmingham. He attended the Bournville College of Art from 1991 to 1993, and Goldsmiths, University of London in London from 1993 to 1996. He lives in London.[1]

Methods[edit]

Hiorns makes work, based around a progressive idea of pushing forward and deviating from the established traditions of sculpture. He proposes new forms along side the adaptation, re-use and transformation of existing objects.

His approach is both layered and expansive, with the works’ individual elements emerging in a provocatively ambiguous manner. This ambiguity resists a reductionist interpretation, and is not easily described in a linear fashion, the first level of meaning or symbolism that presents itself is not the end point of the work, and the works complexity escapes a fully successful interpretation under the current conditions of understanding. Hiorns represents a generation that has been strongly influenced by conceptual approaches but that is also more engaged in taking a stand against the changing nature of authority and power structures in today’s Euro-American civilization, including the related societal schisms.

Hiorns asks the question, what should the future of object making meaningfully represent, what shape does politics take, and what future can we anticipate in the objects made in the present?

In his work, Hiorns proposes a positive mistrust of our surroundings, the traps inherent within the objects of the world. Hiorns proposes that a way of escaping into the real world, by revealing the true state of things and by breaking through the shell forced on us by society and convention can be enacted upon by the ‘Insulting’ of objects and applied authority.

Detergent foam bubbles produced by compressors; cold sheets of latex rubber along side BBC programs on medical ethics; pure alcohol burning in cotton wool along side a naked youth; mechanical parts ground to dust; the brain tissues of animals smeared on fibreglass; semen wiped over the surface of light bulbs, a light filter to claim a territory. He uses materials to affect transformations on found objects, social encounters and urban situations. Fictional scenarios are made real, fire emerges from storm drains, perfume permeates metal surfaces, and crystals colonise industrial objects, naked youths contemplate fire, a clear plastic object becomes the focus of prayer, a boys choir play dead, a proposal to bury a passenger jet plane.

Seizure[edit]

In 2008 he created a sculpture and installation in South London where he materially claimed an entire ex-council flat, growing within it an industrialized scale of copper sulphate crystals. 75,000 litres of solution were pumped into the waterproofed council flat to create a crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of this abandoned dwelling. The project was called Seizure and was produced by Artangel.[2]

The work was a source of inspiration for the Icelandic recording artist Bjork, on the song Crystalline.[3]

vCJD exhibition[edit]

In 2015 Hiorns created a work for the Hayward gallery London. The work proposes an intensely researched timeline on the subject of the animal disease BSE and the human disease vCJD. The work was an intensive reflection on the 'systemic violence' within society and the appropriate aesthetic response to authority that a living person may now evoke. The work proposes a timeline originating from a central origin, that of the UK in the mid 1970s, and the subsequent spread to other global territories. This spread can be mapped and the timeline can continue to be exhibited in other infected territories in the future.[4]

Collections[edit]

Hiorns work is held by many international collections including the Tate, The Walker Art Centre, The Museum of Moden Art, NY, The Art institute Chicago.

Monographic Publications[edit]

JJ Charlesworth, David Korecký, Felicity Lunn, "Roger Hiorns", Verlag für moderne Kunst, Czech Republic

"Roger Hiorns: Seizure 2008/2013", Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (cat)

"Roger Hiorns", De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands (cat)

"Roger Hiorns - Untitled", Hayward Publishing, UK

"Seizure: Roger Hiorns ", Artangel, UK

"Roger Hiorns", Cornerhouse Publications, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK

Other Publications[edit]

2015

Heather Pesanti, Ann Reynolds, Lawrence Weschler, Alva Noë, "Strange Pilgrims", The Contemporary Austin, Texas, pp. 78–87

2014

"The Twenty First Century Art Book", Phaidon, London, p. 119

"Quiz", Manuella Editions, p. 102

British Council, "Private Utopia: Contemporary Art From the British Council Collection", The Asahi Shimbun, Japan, pp. 72–73

2013

Massimiliano Gioni, "Il Palazzo Enciclopedico", Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia

Hans Ulrich Obrist, "DO IT, The Compendium", Independent Curators International, New York, p. 208

2012

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rem Koolhaas, "London Dialogues: Serpentine Gallery 24-Hour Interview Marathon”, Skira Editore, Milan, pp. 169 – 175

"Made in the UK; Contemporary Art from the Richard Brown Baker Collection", Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, pp. 40–41

Hossein Amirsadeghi, "Sanctuary: Britain’s Artists and their Studios", Thames and Hudson, London

2011

Peter Eleey, "September 11", MoMA PS1, pp. 134–134

Charles Jencks, "The Story of Post Modernism", Wiley, pp. 49, 188-189

Mark Von Schlegell, "New Dystopia", Sternberg Press, pp. 91 & 152

"The Shape of Things To Come: New Sculpture", Saatchi Gallery, London, pp. 48–53, 114

Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton, "British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet", Hayward Publishing, London, pp. 86–89

2010

Henry Werner, "Modern Art For Sale: Les Plus Grandes Foires et Salons d’Art Au Monde", Feymedia, Dusseldorf, p. 169

"Contemporary Collecting: The Donna and Howard Stone Collection", Art Institute of Chicago, p. 141

"Gerhard Richter and the disappearance of the image in contemporary art", Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Alias, pp. 96–101

2009

David Bussel, "Looking at Display. Images of Contemporary Art in London Galleries", Rachmaninoffs, London, p. 23

Christian Rattemeyer, Brian Sholis , "The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection: Catalogue Raisonne", The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Hans Ulrich Obrist, "Experiment Marathon", Reykjavik Art Museum, Serpentine Gallery, Koenig Books, pp. 66, 74-75, 112, 123, 137

"The Quick and the Dead", Walker Art Center, pp. 222–223

"British Council Collection: Passports", British Council, Cover, pp. 100–101

"Passports. In Viaggio Con L’Arte", Silvana Editoriale, Milano, pp. 106–107

"Voids: A Retrospective", JRP Ringier, Zürich and Ecart Publications, Geneva, p. 306

"Passports", British Council Collection, British Council, London

2008

Tom Morton, "Expenditure", Contemporary Art Exhibition, Busan Biennale, pp. 146–147

Hans Ulrich Obrist, "Formulas For Now", Thames and Hudson, p. 86

Alexis Vaillant, "Legende", Sternberg Press, Berlin

"Semaines, Digestive System", Analogues, Les Presses du Reel, pp. 37–48

"New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation", Vitamin 3-D, Phaidon, pp. 150–151

2007

Judith Collins, "Sculpture Today", Phaidon, pp. 202–203

"You Have Not Been Honest", Cornerhouse Publications, British Council

"Destroy Athens", 1st Athens Biennale, pp. 158–159

"Voids", Centre Pomipdou, Kunsthalle Bern, JRP Ringier

2006

"Frieze Projects, Artists' Commissions and Talks", Thames & Hudson, London, p. 98-99

2005

Alex Farquharson, "Brian Wilson: An Art Book", Four Corners Books

2004

"Do It", edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Revolver and e-flux

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tate Britain | Art Now: Roger Hiorns". Tate.org.uk. 31 August 2003. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "this is tomorrow - Roger Hiorns: SEIZURE". Thisistomorrow.info. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Bjork. "Bjork". Dazed and confused. Dazed and Confused. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Marten, Colin (August 2015). "The Lancet" (PDF). The Lancet. Retrieved 13 March 2016.