Solo Exhibition

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Untitled, 2012 27 In Total, Inside 7 Of The Windows Is The Dust Of Crushed Anti Depressant. © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
Solo Exhibition

Laurierstraat 187-189
1016 PL Amsterdam
September 7th, 2013 - November 2nd, 2013
Opening: September 7th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Canal Girdle
+ 31 20 3302066
Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 1-6
sculpture, installation


Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents Roger Hiorns’ second solo exhibition at the gallery.  Over the years, Hiorns has developed a singular body of work, introducing new materials  and surprising forms. He prefers to work with materials that ‘have their own autonomy and  their own aesthetic’, materials such as brain matter, fire, foam and liquid copper sulphate.  Exemplary in this respect is his work Seizure (2008) - the London council flat that Hiorns  encrusted in blue crystals. With this work, the outcome was uncertain, depending on the  dynamics of the chemistry: the material’s inner working. This concept of a thing making itself, an object that self-produces rather than being produced by the agency of the artist, is a central theme throughout the artist’s work.

The works in the current show share this autonomous character, this idea of selfproduction, while also having their own specific aesthetic. The so-called ‘foam pieces’, which  are either suspended from the ceiling or presented on wooden stools, seem to create  foam endlessly and from nothing. The ceramic and steel pots, vases and vessels contain a detergent and are fed air from small compressors. Over the course of time, soapy
substances move steadily upwards, before collapsing, forming saggy columns on the floor. 

Akin to Seizure, the sculptures suggest an independence from their surroundings - both  from the gallery space as from its visitors. The foam pieces appear to us as if they exist  separate from our world, in another place and time. The works offer no composition, nor  dialogue, they offer only themselves. As Tom Morton writes: Foaming efficiently, it is a  perfect model of functionless functionality, an object concerned only with perpetuating its  own meaningless, mutable forms. With each day, the foam pieces reinvent themselves,  presenting infinite shapes in the course of the exhibition.

Roger Hiorns (b. 1975, Birmingham) studied at Goldsmiths College in London. Since then  he has had solo exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, The Art Institute of  Chicago, the Tate Britain, the Camden Arts Centre in London and the UCLA Hammer  Museum in Los Angeles. In 2009 he was nominated for the Turner Prize with his installation ‘Seizure’, commissioned by Artangel. Recently, Hiorns had a large solo show in  the Netherlands at the Hallen, in Haarlem. He participated in several group exhibitions  amongst others at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary  and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.


The main gallery show continues in the Bakery

Since the mid 90ies Roger has been working on a proposal to bury a 737 passengerairplane deep underground. Hiorns work often refers to social conditions and global issues and has been working with various parts of airplanes.Untitled (2008), shows the pulverized jet engine of a passenger plane. His proposal to bury a whole airplane is taking the subject to a next level.