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Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2008–, atomized passenger aircraft engine, dimensions variable

Roger Hiorns

Marc Foxx Gallery

Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2008–, atomized passenger aircraft engine, dimensions variable

Previously shown in London and New York, Roger Hiorns’s atomized jet engine, Untitled, 2008–, arrived at Marc Foxx in Los Angeles after a significant delay. To be preceded by its reputation was, however, perfectly appropriate for a sculpture that began as a hypothetical proposition—one of several ritualistic activities described but not performed in the monologue Benign, which Hiorns debuted at the Serpentine Gallery in 2006. In fact, the work’s very effect hinges on this gap between the seductiveness of its material presence (a small sea of swelling particulate matter filling the gallery floor) and the viewer’s knowledge of this unlikely powder’s prior life (as a functional industrial-grade machine). No longer recognizable as its former self but its raw materials not yet repurposed in a new construction, the substance of Hiorn’s sculpture holds objecthood in a state of

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