[NetBehaviour] EXHIBITION: Roger Hiorns: SEIZURE

Olga olga.panades at gmail.com
Tue Aug 11 11:44:30 CEST 2009

Roger Hiorns: SEIZURE

British artist Roger Hiorns uses unusual materials to effect
surprising transformations on found objects and urban situations. Fire
emerges from storm drains, perfume permeates metal surfaces, and
copper sulphate crystals colonise industrial objects.

SEIZURE was Hiorns’ most ambitious work to date and his first major
sculptural project within an urban site, and it marked a radical shift
in scale and context in his work. The artist encouraged the growth of
an unexpected crystal form within a low-rise late-modernist
development near the Elephant & Castle in south London.

75,000 litres of copper sulphate solution were pumped into the council
flat to create a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline
growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of this abandoned

After the project opened, 151 - 189 Harper Rd became a site of
pilgrimage. Every day hundreds of people made their way across the
capital to this anonymous council flat near the Elephant & Castle.


SEIZURE was 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 new commissioning initiative for the
arts, which was launched in the summer of 2006 in association with
Channel 4 and Arts Council England.

151 - 189 Harper Rd, London SE1
September - November 2008

Reopened from 23 July 2009 to 18 October 2009
Open Thursday - Saturday 11am - 7pm
Sundays 11am - 5pm
Closed Monday - Wednesday

Entry is free and booking is not required

Olga P Massanet

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