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  1. Roger Hiorns in Seizure, 2008

    Roger Hiorns in Seizure, 2008

Roger Hiorns

Roger Hiorns’ practice circulates around ideas of what might be considered ‘living’ or ‘dead’ material and the way in which such ideas can transform commonplace objects into mysterious new presences, giving them new functions and new meanings.

Hiorns works are often made by using processes which allow him to have little or no influence on the end result – the uncontrollable shapes generated by foam being pumped from inside a cylinder, how copper sulphate crystals might grow on an object, the unexpected colour and form created by grinding a jet engine into a pile of fine dust.

A key characteristic of this working method is the combination of two basic elements, which are simultaneously opposite but also supplement each other: ceramic pots with moving foam, a car engine with growing crystals, metal benches with fire, a naked human man sat on a jet engine, steel with perfume, or even with brain matter. The relation between these materials yields an undeniable tension in his work which describes the tensions that exist between the changing states that dominate our lives: animate and inanimate, function and redundancy, past and present, life and death.