The inaugural exhibition at The Calder, the gallery’s new 600 square metre contemporary art space.
This is the first showing of Youth – a series that Roger Hiorns began developing during his studies at Goldsmiths College in the mid 90s.
It is comprised of found objects, such as street benches, jet and car engines and stainless steel preparation tables, which become 'activated' through the presence of a naked youth, a small fire and a simple sequence of actions.
Hiorns explains it as: "The youth enters the space, a fire is prepared, the youth undresses, puts away his folded clothes, the fire is set and the youth sits on the object opposite the fire.
"He chooses to impassively stare at the fire or meet the public's gaze, until the fire goes out."
Ritual and the correct way to behave are key themes in the work of the Turner Prize nominated artist. Here he looks to find a new kind of ritual that will reconnect the human body to the objects and architecture that surround it.
Hiorns has also worked on creating a connection between Wakefield Cathedral and the gallery. A backdrop of muted sounds – from coughs, footsteps, choir practice, organ music to religious service – are transmitted live from the Cathedral into the exhibition space of The Calder.
The exhibition purposefully coincides with the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park's summer display of Seizure 2008/13 by Hiorns, part of an on-going collaboration between Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.