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ANNET GELINK GALLERY: ROGER HIORNS - 7 Sept 2013 to 2 Nov 2013

Current Exhibition

7 Sept 2013 to 2 Nov 2013
tuesday to friday 10 am - 6 pm
saturdays 1 - 6 pm
Laurierstraat 187-189
NL-1016 PL
T: 31 20 3302066
F: 31 20 3302065

7 September - 2 November 2013

Artists in this exhibition: Roger Hiorns

Press Release

7 September - 2 November 2013

Roger Hiorns

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.

Venice Biennial Roger Hiorns and Erik van Lieshout participate in this year’s Venice Arsenale show The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. At the same time, Meiro Koizumi’s work is on view in Unattained Landscapes at the Japan Foundation, while Wilfredo Prieto participates in the biennial’s collateral event Emergency Pavilion: Rebuilding Utopia at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove.
Amsterdam Drawing From 19-22 September we will be participating with the second edition of Amsterdam Drawing at the NDSM Wharf, a fair that focuses exclusively on works on paper. We will be showing work by Meiro Koizumi, Erik van Lieshout, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw and Dick Verdult. For more information please visit the website: 
On view Barbara Visser participates in the group show Artificial Amsterdam at De Appel, on view until 13/10. Visser also participates - together with Erik van Lieshout - in the groupshow (T)HERE at the Bonnefanten Hedge House Foundation, on view until 27/10. Roger Hiorns takes part in the groupshow Dread - Fear in the age of technological acceleration at De Hallen, on view until 24/11. Meiro Koizumi takes part in the exhibit NOW JAPAN at KADE, on view until 02/02/14.

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