Roger Hiorns review – mad cows and Englishmen caught in the circle of life

By Adrian Searle

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
The artist known for his crystal-filled council flat returns with a show where youth and decay are locked in heartstopping struggle

There are three naked young men in Roger Hiorns' Ikon Gallery show. One sits on an overturned x-ray machine. Sometimes he moves over to a jet engine parked on the floor nearby. I imagine the feel of cold metal against his skin. The wall label reads “Military jet engine, fire, antidepressants, youth.” The fire had not been lit on my visit. The antidepressants are in the engine, rather than the young man. Don't ask me why.

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