Roger Hiorns Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Roger Hiorns
Leaning Chartres With Cobalt And Copper Crystals


Card construction with cobalt and copper chemical growth. Mounted on glass and wood trestle table with perspex cover underlit by two strip light

137 x 125 x 65 cm
Roger Hiorns’ sculptural practice meditates on the act of artistic creation, observing what happens when the process is handed over to reactive, “living” material and its metamorphoses. Copper Sulphate Chartres and Copper Sulphate Notre-Dame and Leaning Chartres With Cobalt and Copper Crystals, both from his Goldsmiths degree show in 1996, as well as his more recent large-scale installation ‘Seizure’, highlight his apparently no-hands method: a chemical solution is allowed to precipitate and take over an existing object or space, and a found form and its meaning is transformed, as if by self-design. The way crystal formations shape themselves on these cardboard models creates a living sculpture, reminiscent of creeping ivy on statues, of historical ruin; it also undoubtedly recalls the slow-forming processes of geology, suggesting a latent constant potential for material transformation.
Roger Hiorns


Polyurethane, polyester and brain matter

Two parts:142.2 x 152.4 x 30.5 cm/ 180.3 x 106.7 x 28 cm
Many of Hiorns’ three-dimensional projects yield to the autonomous generative properties of his chosen substance (crystallising fluid, detergent foam, fire) to ‘isolate’ objects, to make us conscious of their origins and their contexts. His diptych Untitled (2010) combines ordinary and esoteric materials – polyurethane, polyester and brain matter – to explore transparency as a sculptural property.
“We’re surrounded by codified practices consistently imposed on us by dominant objects. We’re under a narrow coercion from the objects that we design for ourselves. Of course, this question is strikingly obvious: Are we a balanced society? Can we retool our objects, perhaps? What would that involve, and is it possible to transgress the continuous production of next-generation objects, to insert transgressive stimulus, the cross of semen and the light bulb, for example? To retool, simply to ask: Do we live in a society where we make objects towards the darker side of our psyche? Is it useful to continue this procedure even further, with more necessity and speed?"
Roger Hiorns
Copper Sulphate Chartres & Copper Sulphate Notre-Dame


Card constructions with copper sulphate chemical growth; mounted on glass and wood trestle table with Perspex cover underlit by two strip lights

137 x 125 x 65 cm

Hiorns’ inconsistent sculptural practice rebels against the idea of unquestioned limitation in art and, by extension, calls for a liberation of the assumed status quo on a broader sphere.

Roger Hiorns's Biography

Roger Hiorns
Born in 1975,in Birmingham, UK
Lives and works in London


Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Corvi-Mora, London
Seizure, Harper Road, An Artangel/Jerwood Commission, London

The Church of Saint Paulinus, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Glittering Ground, Camden Arts Centre, London
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Cubitt Gallery, London
Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Corvi-Mora, London

Corvi-Mora, London
UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Art Now, Tate Britain, London
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Corvi-Mora, London


The Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi gallery, London

Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

A Life of Their Own, Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Legende, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Charamande, France
Run Run, The Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary as Aleph, Kunsthaus Graz,
Stain Pattern, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (curated by Glenn

If Everybody And an Ocean. Brian Wilson an Art Exhibition, CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux
Fusion Now! More Light, More Power, More People, Rokeby, London
Grit and Vigor, Licht & Sie, Dallas
Destroy Athens, 1st Athens Biennial, Athens
Insubstantial Pageant Faded, Western Bridge, Washington
Ultramoderne, Espace Paul Wurth, Luxembourg
Good Morning, Midnight, Casey Kaplan, New York (curated by Bruce
Still Life, Meadow Gallery, Hanbury Hall, West Midlands
Sculpture Biennale, Jesus College Cambridge
You Have Not Been Honest, MADRE, Naples
If Everybody And an Ocean. Brian Wilson an Art Exhibition, Tate St Ives,
St Ives, UK
Echo Room, Alcalá 31, Madrid

Corvi-Mora, London
How to improve the World; 60 Years of British Art, Hayward Gallery, London (The Arts Council Collection)
Le Retour de la Colonne Durutti, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Refract, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Jaybird, Galleria Zero, Milano
British Art Show 6, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (touring exhibition organised by the Hayward Gallery)
The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London
ETC., Le Consortium, Dijon
Le Voyage Interieur, Paris-London, Espace EDF Electra, Paris
Sculpture new spirit, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Sculptures d'Appartement, Musee Departemental d'Art Contemporain, Rochechouart, France
Water Event by Yoko Ono, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Still Life, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru

The Fee of Angels, Man in the Holocene, London
Trailer, Man in the Holocene, London
Reflections, Artuatuca Art Festival, Tongeren, Belgium (cat)
The Futurians, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo (cat)
Into My World, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (cat)
Still Life, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Rio de Janeiro
A Secret History of Clay, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (cat)
Particle Theory, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
Daddy Pop, Anne Faggionato, London (cat)
Candyland Zoo, Herbert Read Gallery, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury (cat)

Help, Els Hanappe Underground, Athens
Honey, I rearranged the collection, 1a Kempsford Road, London
Hidden Agenda or Hide and Seek, ACME, Los Angeles
New Work, Corvi-Mora, London
Still Life, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas; Buenos Aires; Centro Cultural Parque de España, Rosario; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango; Bogotá
Architecture Schmarchitecture, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Still Life, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; touring British Council exhibition (cat, text by Ann Gallagher)
The Galleries Show: Contemporary Art in London, The Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Dirt Of Love, The Mission, London
Shimmering Substance, Cornerhouse, Manchester
The Ink Jetty, Neon Gallery, London
Shimmering Substance, Arnolfini, Bristol (cat)
Exchange, Richard Salmon Gallery, London

Neon Gallery, London
Looking With/Out, East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Modern Love, Hobbypop Museum, Dusseldorf

Corvi-Mora, London
British Art, Diehl Vorderwuelbecke, Berlin
Shot in the Head, Lisson Gallery, London
Heart and Soul, Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA
Point of View, Richard Salmon Gallery, London
...comes the spirit, Jerwood Gallery, London
Tim Gardner, Roger Hiorns, Jason Meadows, Glenn Sorensen, Corvi-Mora, London

Roger Hiorns, Enrico David, Clare Stephenson, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
newBuild, Platform Gallery, London
Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London
Manufacturers, Paper Bag Factory, London
The Great Hall, Bury St Edmonds Art Gallery, UK

Resolute, Platform Gallery, London
True Science, Gallery K, Hamburg
Cluster Bomb, Morrison Judd Gallery, London
Super Nature, Studio A, London
Micro, Hales Gallery, London

Olympic Village, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
European Couples and Others, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Latest Acquisitions, Bund, Kensington, London
Through the Looking Glass, Channel Four Television, London
Gang A Bong, Goldsmiths College, London