Roger Hiorns, ‘Untitled’, 2015, Corvi-Mora

About Roger Hiorns

Sculptor and installation artist Roger Hiorns is primarily interested in materials and the processes by which they can be manipulated or made to interact in unexpected ways. For Seizure (2009), one of his most famous works, he induced blue crystals to grow in and fill a London flat, while for his untitled installation at the 2009 Turner Prize shortlist exhibition, he incinerated a jet engine and displayed the ash dust alongside sculptures made of cow brain and plastic. In Hiorns’s more traditionally sculptural works, familiar materials, such as the ceramic in Untitled (2008), are recast in unfamiliar, grotesque configurations. Hiorns sees his work as a reaction against the “self-obsessed” Young British Artists who preceded him. “I try to keep myself out of my work. […] I prefer to distance myself from ideas of posterity, of the longevity of a piece of art. None of that seems healthy. I don't like explaining and being explicit.”

British, b. 1975, Birmingham, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom