Roger Hiorns' Seizure to be shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

13 July 2012

Arts Council Collection, which is run by Southbank Centre on behalf of Arts Council England, is pleased to announce that Untitled (Seizure) by Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns will go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in spring 2013. The gift to the Arts Council Collection has been made possible by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation.

 

With Seizure, originally an Artangel/Jerwood commission,Roger Hiorns transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals.  The immersive work, which first opened to the public in autumn 2008, was created using 75,000 litres of liquid copper sulphate which was pumped into the former council flat to create a strangely beautiful and somewhat menacing crystalline growth on the walls, floor, ceiling and bath of the abandoned dwelling.

 

“Destined to be remembered as one of the truly worthwhile and significant moments of modern British art” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian), 151-189 Harper Road near Elephant & Castle became a site of pilgrimage, with hundreds of people making their way across the capital to the anonymous council flat each day. The exhibit closed to the public in January 2010.

 

Faced with the demolition of the social housing block in early 2011, the piece was acquired by the Arts Council Collection, thanks to a gift by the artist, Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation through the Art Fund, with the support of The Henry Moore Foundation. The work, weighing over 31 tonnes, was successfully extracted from the property in February 2011. The extraction involved meticulous planning: one wall of the flat had to be removed before the whole structure was pushed out of the building using hydraulic jacks and craned onto the back of a low loader.

 

The work was subsequently transported to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where it is currently in storage awaiting its new installation. Untitled (Seizure),as the work will now be known,is the subject of a ten year loan agreement between the Arts Council Collection and  the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  It will open to the public in spring 2013. More details to be announced.

 

Caroline Douglas, Head of the Arts Council Collection, said: “The Arts Council Collection is very honoured to have received this extraordinary work of art as a gift.  Roger Hiorns’ Seizure is a remarkable and important work and one that immediately attracted enormous public attention, becoming almost a cult object while it was on show in London.  It is a mark of the broad acknowledgement of the importance of the work that so many of the leading arts foundations in this country mobilised to save it.  As a result of the insight, generosity and quick thinking of The Art Fund, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as well as Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, we will be able to give the public access to this work for many years to come.”

 

“Since Seizure was safely extracted from its original site in 2011, we have been in a careful and measured process of working towards the presentation of the work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  The many issues around the aesthetic and conceptual, as well as the practical concerns of re-siting the work have been explored with the artist and other partners, and I feel certain that once it is open to the public again in the spring of 2013, Untitled (Seizure) will again prove the powerful object of fascination that is was in its original incarnation.”

 

Roger Hirons said: "Given the choice between an imprecise myth of the past and an unknowable future, the latter was always going to be more interesting, more of  a problem. As an object removed from its origin it's forever in limbo - nomadic and unplaceable, and will continue to be. If you have the opportunity to complicate things, you should always take it."

 

Roger Hiorns (b. 1975 in Birmingham) is a London-based artist known for working with unusual materials to effect surprising transformations on found objects and urban situations. Hiorns has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, and has a number of works in public collections across the country including the Arts Council Collection. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2009. 

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Arts Council Collection: Roger Hiorns' Seizure to be shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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