Exhibition needs men to bare all for the art

One of the photographs from the exhibition, featuring a naked man and a bench.
One of the photographs from the exhibition, featuring a naked man and a bench.
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A revealing exhibition is looking for young men who will dare to bare all and become part of a living work of art.

Youth, by Turner Prize-nominated Roger Hiorns, is in search of male “performers” aged 18 to 25 to appear in the very first exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield’s new Caddies Mill contemporary art space.

The job advertisement posted online says candidates must be “slim to medium build and preferably with a lean yet muscular build” to be considered for the £80-a-day roles.

Youth comprises of objects like street benches, jet and car engines and steel tables being “activated” through the presence of a naked youth and a small fire.

Participants with “experience of naked public performance” are listed as desirable for the two-month roles, which are likened to those of life models.

Hiorns, who began developing his Youth series during his studies at Goldsmiths College in the mid 1990s, said: “My interest was in solely presenting the human as being up against apparatus in the world.

“This is a series of works presenting the artificial surfaces within the world, a group of works that can act as proposals on how to behave.”

During the exhibition, which runs from August 30 to November 3, the youth enters a space, a fire is prepared, the youth undresses and puts away his folded clothes, the fire is set and then the youth sits on the object opposite the fire until it goes out – performances last 50 minutes.

The exhibition is intended to emphasise objects that we might otherwise feel disconnected from and invest them with an action, the human body and a sense of a contemporary ritual.

Visitors will experience a backdrop of interior sounds such as coughs, footsteps, choir practice, organ music or religious service that will be transmitted live from Wakefield Cathedral into the exhibition space.

It has been planned to coincide with the Arts Council Collection and Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s summer display of Untitled (Seizure) 2008/13 by Hiorns.

The collaboration between Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle partners is hoped to consolidate Yorkshire’s reputation as an international centre for sculpture and contemporary art.

For more information visit: www.hepworthwakefield.org

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