Roger Hiorns


plastic, compressor, and foam
dimensions variable

Image shown is an installation view of multiple works from this series

Infused with a unique mix of strangeness and discomfort, Roger Hiorns works conjure the anxieties and contradictions of contemporary life. Hiorns’ past art materials include disinfectant, fire, and crystals. In many instances the materials are going through chemical or physical changes in front of the viewer, as seen in this untitled work where machine parts and an air compressor gently expel a soft foamy mass that collects on the floor. Dangling in mid-air, the used plastic parts seem to come alive like exotic plants or animals, though the production of foam is utterly useless and bizarre. Hiorns lives and works in London. He has been featured in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Long Island City; Tate Modern, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and De Hallen, Haarlem. His work is included in the collections of MoMA, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; and Tate Modern, London, among others. 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 Yorkshire, England.