New York Exhibitions: Roger Hiorns Untitled (Seizure) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce that Untitled (Seizure) by Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns will go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, opening June 14, 2013. With Seizure, originally an Artangel/Jerwood commission, Hiorns transformed an empty council flat in Southwark, London, into a sparkling blue environment of copper sulphate crystals. The immersive work, 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. 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 tons, 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 Yorkshire Sculpture Park where its installation is about to be publicly unveiled. Untitled (Seizure), as the work will now be known, is the subject of a ten-year loan agreement between the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.