NO ROAD TO HOTEL BELLEVUE

Solo exhibition Dries Segers
Temporarily closed due to lockdown, reopening soon!

  • About the Exhibition
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dries segers, grensbomen, photograph, dmw gallery

A solo exhibition by Dries Segers

Trees have been present on this planet for 370,000,000 years. They have fallen into invisibility because they are losing their function in the landscape to a new, fuller panorama of symbols and signs. Road-building, agriculture and urbanisation have a lot to do with this, but so do technological and industrial progress. Centuries ago, some trees functioned as visual elements in a landscape in order to orient ourselves.

For ‘No Road to Hotel Bellevue’, Dries Segers takes a first step in designing alternative cartographies. He merges symbols, signs and words, and has them engraved with a laser-cut technique in the frames of his artworks. Since their development, humans have expressed themselves in simplified drawings and symbols. It is from the same need that Segers incorporates this graphic language into his work.

Photography is a medium that transforms reality on the basis of observation and technique. In the work of Dries Segers, perception (or its absence) has always been a central element. Since 2019 his technical experiments with sensory invisibility (light, time, chemical and technical reactions) have given way to making (in)visible living matter tangible. In the artist’s book ‘FUNGI’, Segers brings his recurring play with scale and transformation to the surface. For ‘No Road to Hotel Bellevue’, the artist selected 25 photographs from his archive that form the roots of a speculative environment. What started out from observation and photographic truthfulness continues more as a suggestion of a reality that starts from the natural environment instead of humankind.

‘No Road to Hotel Bellevue’ was realised in collaboration with woodworkers, digital studios, farmers, local residents and officials of the Department for Conservation and Heritage (Erfgoedcel) of the Flemish Government. The exhibition is a continuation of a first part shown in VITRINE gallery, Basel (CH) from February to June 2020, during the duo exhibition ‘Our companion, our other’.

With thanks to Hannah De Meyer, Rik De Meyer, Nick Geboers, Koen Smets, Bas Van den Hout, Atelier Watt, Milo Profi and Screenprint atelier Gezeever

 

Arch for Roadblocks and Lockdowns, 2020
Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercut frame in afzelia wood
52.5 x 72.5 x 13 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

Unattended Funerals, 2020
Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercut frame in afzelia wood
52.5 x 72.5 x 13 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The fossil gas and the parrots, 2020
Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercut frame in afzelia wood
54 x 74 x 13 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The death, the wolf and the bird, 2020
Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercut frame in afzelia wood
54 x 74 x 13 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

Dear god and the red cat, 2020
Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercut frame in afzelia wood
54 x 74 x 13 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The Codes; Hand sculpture, 2020
Blue photochromic silkscreen print on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

Lichen; Hand sculpture, 2020
Blue photochromic silkscreen print on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The H; Hand sculpture, 2020
Blue photochromic silkscreen print on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The Stone; Hand sculpture, 2020
Blue photochromic silkscreen print on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

The Branch; Hand sculpture, 2020
Blue photochromic silkscreen print on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat
12.7 x 17.7 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 A.P.

Seed (Sweetgum), 2020
Inkjet archival pigment print, black metal frame
15.5 x 23 cm
Infinite edition ∞

Seed (unknown), 2020
Inkjet archival pigment print, black metal frame
15.5 x 23 cm
Infinite edition ∞

Seed (Cucurbita), 2020
Inkjet archival pigment print, black metal frame
15.5 x 23 cm
Infinite edition ∞

Seed (Allium), 2020
Inkjet archival pigment print, black metal frame
15.5 x 23 cm
Infinite edition ∞

FUNGI BB001, 2019
Lambda C-Print mounted on MDF 12mm
83 x 125 cm

FUNGI BB002, 2019
Lambda C-Print mounted on MDF 12mm
83 x 125 cm

Print series: Untitled, 2020
Inktjet print on Dibond | VUTEk print on blueback (A.P. 1)
76 x 114 cm
Edition of 7 + 2 A.P.

when the fire and the rock and the sea are one, 2019
Triptych of archival baryt print in customised wooden frame
60 x 120 x 3 cm