Roger Hiorns

(UK) b.1975

Lives and works in London

Roger Hiorns creates sculpture and installation combining unusual materials. His exploration of chemical processes took spectacular effect in Seizure, in which a derelict flat in South London was filled with a copper sulphate solution, which over time crystallized, covering every surface. Untitled (2008), exhibited in TB2014, is an atomized passenger aircraft engine. Atomization is a process through which metals and other materials are broken down to droplets, which then solidify into granules. Hiorns melted the engine, dropped it through a funnel and sprayed with a fine stream of water or gas, which breaks it into granules.

Hiorns was nominated for the Turner Prize for his installation 'Seizure' in 2009. His solo exhibitions include: The Hepworth, Wakefield (UK, 2013); De Hallen, Haarlem (NL, 2012); The Aspen Art Museum (USA, 2010); The Art Institute of Chicago (USA, 2010); Tate Britain, London (UK, 2009); Camden Arts Centre, London (UK, 2007); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2003). Hiorns has participated in many group exhibitions amongst others the National Gallery, London (2014); “The Encyclopedic Palace”, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2011); MoMA PS1, New York (2011); CAPC, Bordeaux (2011) and British Art Show 7 (2011) at the Hayward Gallery in London.

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