Archive for October, 2008

Seizure

October 4th, 2008

British artist Roger Hiorns makes exceptional use of unlikely materials: detergent, disinfectant, perfume, fire and copper sulphate crystals. Transforming steel poles, car engines and cardboard architectural models into crystalline forms, Hiorns effects surprising, physical and aesthetic transformations on found objects.

In SEIZURE, Hiorns’ most ambitious work to date, the artist precipitates an unexpected sculptural form within the fabric of a housing estate near London Bridge. Architecture and modernist sculpture continue to be important touchstones for Hiorns’ work, and both have strongly informed the development of this major new commission. For his first work within an urban site Hiorns’ makes a radical shift of scale and context, and promises the development of an extraordinary chemical intervention in the heart of the city.

SEIZURE continues Artangel’s long tradition of transforming urban housing into large-scale immersive works of art.

Roger Hiorns’ SEIZURE is commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, in association with Channel 4. The work was selected through the Jerwood/Artangel Open, a commissioning initiative for the arts, which was launched in the summer of 2006 in association with Channel 4 and Arts Council England.

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