SUN

 

WATER

 

WIND

DRIES SEGERS (b. 1990) lives and works in Brussels/Belgium. He graduated at the Listahaskoli, Icelandic Academy for the Arts in Reykjavik (2011) and LUCA School of Arts, Sint Lukas Brussels (2013). STUDIO level five Rue Paul Devaux 3, 1000 BXL

 

His work has been shown in solo- and groupshows as The Weekend Room (Seoul, KOR), A Tale of A Tub (Rotterdam, NL) De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam, NL), VITRINE (Basel, CH), Musee and Galerie Botanique (Brussels, B), Neue Galerie (Ausberg, D), Warte für Kunst (Kassel, D), 019 (Ghent, B), BOZAR (Brussel, B), Tique art space (Antwerp, B), De Warande (Turnhout, B) and Fotomuseum (Antwerp, B)

THE NATURAL CONTRACT

2020

'Our companion, our other', VITRINE, Vogesenplatz, Basel (CH) 28 February - 24 May 2020

Mark trees (Grensbomen) are planted in the landscape because of agreements between countries, town halls, provinces, landlords, … and mark an individual or communal boundary or change. They are bounded by law.

 

In recent time the tree has become part of the landscape and lost its code and symbolic value. A tree becomes a dot on a map. They could indicate the direction to the next castle (money) or monastery/church (religion). The connections between these trees (often oak, lime and beech because of their solitary character and root structure) were later often weighed.

 

You could see a forest as a super society (roots, fungus, insects, flowers, seeds, CO2,…) so what does it mean to look at a solitaire tree? With a changing environment and shifting landscape, these trees move from being cultural-historical bearers to non-information in a panorama. They become invisible. photos: VITRINE, Basel / Nici Jost

(detail) Dear god and the red cat, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercutted frame in afzeliawood t

Dear god and the red cat, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercutted frame in afzeliawood

The death, the wolf and the bird, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercutted frame in afzeliawood

The fossil gas and the parrots, 2020, 54x74x13cm, Silkscreen on 300gsm Canson Heritage, lasercutted frame in afzeliawood

The H; Hand sculpture, 2020, 12,7x17,7cm, Blue photochromic silkscreenprint on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat

The Stone; Hand sculpture, 2020, 12,7x17,7cm, Blue photochromic silkscreenprint on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat

Lichen; Hand sculpture, 2020, 12,7x17,7cm, Blue photochromic silkscreenprint on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat

The Codes; Hand sculpture, 2020, 12,7x17,7cm, Blue photochromic silkscreenprint on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat

The Branch; Hand sculpture, 2020, 12,7x17,7cm, Blue photochromic silkscreenprint on 250gsm Litho Demi Mat

THESE WORKS ONLY APPEAR IF THERE IS ENOUGH UV-LIGHT
TIME AND SPACE ARE ON THEIR SIDE

FUNGI

2019

Installation with 2 electric heatingsystems, POPPOSITIONS critical artfair, Tour à Plomb, Brussels, april 2019

In the autumn of 2019 I photographed fungi in Dudenpark, Brussels. Fungi are the oldest living species on our planet. They build and spread their communities across human borders, continents, laws ... They take over land without asking permission. They clean up toxic messes in disturbed landscapes and shake the land back to life to create liveable grounds for animals, plants and maybe humans. They have the power to transport energy between weaker and stronger trees, to keep forests alive or to kill them. Their spores are invisible and spread and spread and spread. “The uncontrolled lives of mushrooms are a gift — and a guide — when the controlled world we thought we had fails.”

 

(Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, ‘The Mushroom at the End of the World, On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins’, Princeton University Press, 2015)

 

The project consists of an installation and a publication. The accrochage shows a number of blow-ups of marcro-photographed fungi. The prints will appear and disappear according to the temperature in the room. Two heating systems are installed under the works to provide change. By a timing system the heaters will go on and off. The viewer will not be able to control what he sees. Each hour the images will be different showing and hiding parts of the work. The (un)natural process of appearance is accompanied by the responsibility, care and patience of the spectator.

FUNGI B005, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI B005, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI B002, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI C002, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in wooden metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI C001, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in wooden metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI C001, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in wooden metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI B001, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI B005, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

THESE WORKS ONLY APPEAR IF IT IS HOT ENOUGH

 

LET THE HEATWAVES ENTER

 

+ 1,5°C

 

YOU CAN ONLY SEE THEM IF THE CONDITION IS RIGHT

 

WAIT FOR IT OR LEAVE

 

 

 

FUNGI B004, 2019, 30x40cm, Black thermochromic on archival inkjetprint, frame in metal frame, mdf, unique

FUNGI (book)

2019

Title: 'FUNGI'

Author: Dries Segers

36 pages, 42x28 cm

200 copies

design: Chloé D'hauwe & Ine Meganck

text: Hannah De Meyer

print: Stockmans, Duffel

ISBN 9789463883092

NEVER, NOWHERE

2018/2019

241 minutes’, cyanotype on unbleached cotton, wooden sticks, 150x225cm, 2018 / right: Caroline Van den Eynde & Denitsa Todorova

‘72 folds’, cyanotype on unbleached cotton, 150x196cm, 2019

‘86 folds’, cyanotype on unbleached cotton, wooden sticks, 150x228cm, 2018

‘241 minutes’, cyanotype on unbleached cotton, wooden sticks, 150x225cm, 2018

‘70 folds’, cyanotype on unbleached cotton, 150x226cm, 2019

143 FOLDS

2018

143 folds', 2018, cyanotype on cotton, 450 x 700 cm at 019, Gent (B)

The work '143 folds' was made site-specific for the arthouse 019 in Ghent, made on 27-28.07.2018.

 

It consists of a cyanotype of 4,5x7m made by making 143 folds on the roof of the location for 2 hours long using the sun to change the color of the fabric into a deep blue. The cyanotype was made by accident and the discontrol of creating a composition. The lightment proces was fixed by washing it in the river next to the building. After this the wet fabric was pulled up the flag pole to dry.

 

I would like to thank Bieke Criel, Michiel De Cleene, Koba De Meuter, Nele Dieleman and Valentijn Goethals for supporting this process. photos: Michiel De Cleene

BURN OUR WINGS

2018

'to take leave', duoshow with Bram De Jonghe, DMW Gallery, Antwerp

In 'burn our wings' I made use of the anthotype process to contactprint images using ink sensitive to light out distillated out of plants, weeds and flowers. It was a search through seasons, forests and layers of the earth to find the right plant for the right purpose.

 

The anthotypes got lightened for months by natural light until the photographs showed itself onto the paper. When the work was exhibited the images slowly destroy themselves by the light that made them visible.

 

In october 1833 Henry Fox Talbot wrote about the desire to invent a process which could fixate optical images. It was only in 1839 that this act succeeded. In the meanwhile all photographic images disappeared by the light that constructed them.

THESE WORKS WILL LEAVE

 

THEY WILL NOT COME BACK

 

GET USED TO THE AFTER IMAGE

 

KEEP THEM IN YOUR MIND

 

ONE DAY YOU WILL MISS THEM

 

 

flag, 2018, 28,5x40cm, Anthotype with platbased ink (poppyflower)

eye, 2019 (in dissolving stage)

19,5x28,3cm, Anthotype with platbased ink (poppyflower)

times, 2019 (in dissolving stage)

19,4x28cm, Anthotype with platbased ink (poppyflower)

fence, 2019 (in dissolving stage)

37,5x50cm, Anthotype with platbased ink (poppyflower)

private isle, 2018, 50x70x3cm, silkscreen with charcoal, elderberries and lilies of the valley

killer, 2018, 50x70x3cm, UV-print on mat plexi directly on wood

the chain, 2018, 30x50cm, UV-print on mat plexi directly on wood

A CIRCLE, A LINE, A CROSS

2019

‘a circle, a line, a cross', soloshow at CCHA, 2019

To make ‘a circle, a line, a cross’ I built a system to catch light trough cut out forms.

I maniputated the transportsystem into a new camera that is able to create a capture forms onto the whole length of the film. This is how images emerge. During the process I’m blind. Light is trying to move inside the system and hits the film during the movement of the mechanical transportsystem. This system is conducted manually, nothing is automatic

WHEN THE FIRE AND THE ROCK AND THE SEA ARE ONE

2019

'when the fire and the rock and the sea are one', 2019, tryptic in custom wooden frame with inlaid brass hinges, archival baryt inkjetprint, 60x120x3cm - Hopstreet Gallery Brussels

This work was made by shooting flashes of light at a rock on the isle of 'Isola Comacina', Italy. Each exposure compiles a new rock out of the same material. The camera doesn't move, only light finds its way.

RESPONDING RAIN

2018/2019

(50.8318722/ 4.3483912), 2019, 33x42cm, archival inkjetprint

(51.0242632 / 3.61875652), 2019, 33x42cm, archival inkjetprint

(50.8313175/ 4.3477196), 2019, 33x42cm, archival inkjetprint

(51.0242632 / 3.61875652), 2019, 33x42cm, archival inkjetprint

Light and toxic pollution are disrupting the biorhythm of humans, animals and insects.

 

With ‘Responding Rain’ I put silver halide material outside on rainy nights. The drops leave a print directly on the material. The toxics and chemicals in the rain determine a 1:1 impression and color the drops. The light pollution at the specific site influences the color of the background of the image.

 

(...) It's less like an object and more like the weather. In an object you can tell where the boundaries are, but in the weather it's impossible to say when something begins or ends.

John Cage

BLACK BODY ()

2016/2018

'temp.', Tique ¬ artspace, Antwerp, 2016 & 'The Golden Ass', In de ruimte, Gent, 2019

By its nature photography is an abstracting art, involving a gap between what is seen and what is shown, regardless of the level of documentary fidelity. In ‘black body’ the idea of photography get expanded as a transmutation of energy directly onto the celluloid. The images appear to be purely the record of a photochemical process, evidence of an action of emulsion and light itself.

 

By creating lens-less images the emphasis of photography shifts away from its signifying function. It examines the material as an imaginative basis for a photographic experience. The use of the apparatus is shifted by the use of power tools (a saw, an angle grinder and a drill) which made cuts inside film-rolls. By enlightening the emulsion with different colour temperatures and light-sources an image generates itself onto the light-sensitive celluloid. These abstract photographs may record or register but do not bear witness except to the presentness of light.

black body (simulation, scan, dfr, CG), 500x750cm, 2018

black body (friction, scan, fuiji), 165x120cm, 2018

black body (friction, scan, kodak 200-7), 165x120cm, 2016

ETUDES AUSTRALES

2018

For these coloured photograms I started from sheet-music of John Cage.

 

He copied the stars of the galaxy on transparencies, then he covered his ensemble staves with it. By this act music was set.
I did it the other way around and started out from his accidental sheet-music and copied it again on transparencies which I used to make photograms.

 

Besides that I made several box camera's with more than 70 lenses. The structure is set from the music, I opened holes to create new rhythms and colours.

 

This work was commissioned by Concertgebouw Bruges (B)

HITS OF SUNSHINE

2017

Soloshow 'Hits of Sunshine', galerie Botanique, Brussels

instead of you seeing the light

here light sees you

 

and frees

the focus of the lonely, solid sun

from complacent eyes shrouded in clouds

of their own device

 

fractions of captured light

sculptors of broken time

 

with calculated strokes of luck

one layer of sunshine

eats away the flesh of another

the trial and error of falling together

 

in both the moment modelling the surface

and the continuous interaction of duration

burn the cracks that fulfil the drill of memory

 

 

from behind mirrored walls

hands scrutinize in wonder

like a blind man bathing

in the burning tide

 

his eyes of glass, egg-white and storm

crystallize with every wave of foam

 

 

poem written by

Philippe François

cosmic reaction (pink study), 2017

68x95, digital inkjet print mounted on dibond, metal frame

atmospheric render (blue), 2017

68x95, digital inkjet print mounted on dibond, metal frame

portrait (sun pressure), 2017,

40x50, inkjet print on japanese paper, wooden frame

cosmic reaction (blue study), 2017

68x95, digital inkjet print mounted on dibond, metal frame

atmospheric render (pink), 2017

68x95, digital inkjet print mounted on dibond, metal frame

hands (sun pressure), 2017,

50x60, inkjet print on japanese paper, wooden frame

sunwriting 14:47, 2017

76x110, digital inkjet print mounted on dibond, metal frame

With the project ‘Hits of Sunshine’ (2017) the camera is pointed at the sun. Different from earlier works this piece is once again made with optics. ‘Hits of Sunshine’ is using the absence of observation, instead the camera gets the time to chemically and physically run through a (controlled) process.

 

The apparatus is the only observer, it is the only “witness”. The work is balanced between factuality and illusion. A connection arises between science (physics, chemicals), the camera (optics, time) and absence of observation (gaze). All these elements generate photographs which are not based on a reality but are born in their own matter.

UNDECIDED PHOTOGRAPHS

2012/2015

'Fabulous Failures', Museum Botanique, Brussels, 2017, curated by Erik Kessels

& 'The Gods Must Be Crazy - Part Photography', Stilll gallery, Directeurswoning Roeselare

‘Undecided Photographs’ are images without any consciousness on the creation of the photograph. Are these even photographs? By accidents and clumsiness these imagery came on my colornegative through the back of the camera without any control or decision. Yet they are build up by the three key elements of photography: light, space and time.

 

I only made the decision to use it as relevant. The scanner included dust, color, frame,... . The works are produced in hard plexi. Made out of one piece. All the sides of the plexi are hand-cranked.

 

These pictures have no anecdotes, neither they have stories or memories. But most important ‘Undecided Photographs’ is missing the core of the medium photography,  the selective gaze/view of an author.

SEEING A RAINBOW (book)

2015

Title: 'Seeing a rainbow

(through a window that isn’t there)'

Author: Dries Segers

68 pages + 8 pages

350 copies

design: Ties Goos

words: Jeroen Laureyns, Philippe François,

Dries Segers, Dennis Van Mol & Eva Vermeiren

selfpublished

co-publisher: de Warande

ISBN 9789090289571

(sold out)

TEXT

STATEMENT

 

In a world ruled by digital data and technology, I prefer to focus on organic processes, materials and techniques. I start from the concrete materials and matters needed to build up photographic imagery. Zero and one are just numbers, they don’t give me much. I use photo-chemical and photo-optical systems. These are systems that I can read, that generate questions and decisions based on their physical material. I experiment with different ways to visualize the visible and the invisible.

 

The photographic image commonly consists of a controlled manipulation of optical, technical and scientific parameters. I stretch the limits and possibilities of the photographic medium by focusing on the uncontrollable. During the making I take “as little control” as possible, but nothing will happen unless I do something. So I’m both out of control and necessary.

 

By giving photography the opportunity to encounter a process where technical and scientific rules are put to the test, I let images emerge. Light and time have been my main points of focus. This is expanding towards the idea of what a photographical apparatus can be and the role of the reproduction. Reproduction of what? I see a camera as a system sensitive for matter. What this matter can be, is not only light. It’s a way of making dependencies between the creation of an image and defining the social and (s)cult(p)ural value of it.

INFO/CV

°1990, Turnhout

living and working in Brussels, Belgium


BE: 0671.680.062

tel/(+32)(0)477647935

info@driessegers.com               represented by DMW Gallery

 

 

TRAINING

 

2013            Master Visual Arts, Sint-Lukas Hogeshool Brussels (B)

2011             Bachelor Visual Arts, Photography department; Sint-Lukas Hogeshool Brussels (B)

2010            Bachelor Fine Arts, Listahaskoli Islands; Reykjavik/Iceland (IS)

 

 

RESIDENCIES/GRANTS

 

2019            House Van Wassenhove, supported by Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

2019            Fellowship of the Flemish Government

2017            Isola Comacina (Italy), supported by the Flemish Government

2016            Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee (sept - oct)

2016            Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee (april) on invitation

2014            Artist in Residence, De Warande, Turnhout

 

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

 

2020             VITRINE gallery, Basel (CH), duoshow 'Our compagnion, our other' with Suzanna Zak

 

2019             In de Ruimte, Gent (B), 'The Golden Ass'

                    CAMERA/Centrul de Interes, Cluij-Napoca (RO), solo | ‘never, nowhere’

                    A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam (NL), ‘Mycelium as Lingua Franca’

                    Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles (FR), Belgian Night

                    Centre National de l’Audiovisuel Dudelange (LUX), Portfolio Days

                    Fotomuseum, Antwerp (B), Photobook Belge

                    POPPOSITIONS, critical artfair, Brussels (B), ‘Capital of Woke’

                    Hopstreet gallery - window, Brussels (B), solo | ‘when the fire and the rock’

                    CCHA Hasselt (B), solo | ‘a circle, a line, a cross’,

                    CCHA Hasselt (B)’Festival van de Controle’ w/ Francis Alyïs, Chaim Van Luijt, Ariane Loze, ...

 

2018            The Weekend Room, Gwangju, Seoul (KOR), ‘Open Content’

                    DMW artspace, Antwerp (B), ‘1+1+1=3’ w/ Denitsa Todorova and Caroline Van den Eynde

                    019, Ghent (B),SUNDAYS, w/ Martin Belou, Kåre Leander Frang, Santiago Taccetti,...

                    De Warande, Turnhout (B), ‘Het Gouden Paviljoen’

                    w/ Daisuke Yokota, Marco Tirelli, Geert Goiris, Ori Gherst, Edith Dekyndt,...

                     Galerie Hangar Brussels (B), solo | ‘helios’

                     DMW artspace, Antwerp (B), ‘to take leave’, duoshow w/ Bram De Jonghe

 

2017            Bogardenkapel ‘Brugge Foto’, at  w/ Michel Mazzoni, Sybren Vanoverberghe, Jeroen De Wandel,...

                   Musée Botanique, Brussels (B), ‘Fabulous Failures’, curated by Erik Kessels,

                    w/ Ruth van Beek, Matt Stuart, Sarah Carlier, Helmut Smits,...

                    Fusée de la Motographie by Recyclart (Le Bal, FR), (C/O, Berlin), (PL), ...

                    Galerie Botanique, Brussels (B), solo l ‘hits of sunshine’

                    CC Merksem (B), solo l ‘what is behind that curtain’

 

2016            Fotomuseum Antwerp (B), BRAAKLAND

                    Tique | art space, .temp, duo show w/ Matthias Ysebaert

                    Turkish Photography Festival, Fotoğraf Vakfı Foundation, Istanbul (TR)

                    Antwerp Art Weekend, represented by de Warande & Frans Masereel Centrum

                    w/ Anton Cotteleer, Koba de Meutter, Hannelore Van Dijck, Arpaïs Du Bois,...

                    A Reading Room, La Houle at Poppositions Brussels

                    CAMPO + NEIN,  ‘ON ICE’ Gent w/ Gerard Herman, Kasper De Vos, Willem Boel,...

 

2015            Tique | art space, Antwerp, solo | ‘Seeing a rainbow(...)’

                    Gouvernement, Gent, solo | ‘Seeing a rainbow(...)’

                    stilll gallery,  ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy - Part Photography’

                    w/ Jan Kempenaers, Emmeline de Mooij, Ria Pacquée, Katrin Kamrau,...

                    Tique | art space, ‘Is it a painting’ w/ Manor Grunwald, Ruth Van Beek,...

                    Unseen Festival Program, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)

                    Ithaka, KU Leuven w/ Vesna Faassen & Lukas Verdijk, Ritsart Gobyn,...

 

2014            Neue Galerie, Augsburg (D), ‘A Process’, Der Greif

                    Denkmal 37, Brussels, ‘Dear Image, why are you so jaded?’

                    w/ Jan De Cock, Ash Bowland & Dennis Van Mol

                    KMSKA, Koningin Fabioalazaal Antwerp, ‘Duo’s - de Modernen’

                    w/ Jef Verheyen, Jan Cox, Vaast Colson, Jef Geys, Fontana,...

 

 

PUBLICATIONS (selection)

 

2019            'Belgian Night', newspaper edited by Marie Papazouglo & Vincen Beeckman
                    for Les Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles

                   'fungi', Dries Segers, self-published
                    28,2 x 42cm, 200 copies, ISBN: 9789463883092

                   'new skin/levitations', Hannah De Meyer with a photo-essay by Dries Segers

2018            'S&D#024 / APE#117: Sabotage and Complicity'; Published by APE (Art Paper Editions) & Smoke & Dust

                   'IMA Magazine' vol. 24, selected as 'The Young Photographers of the Next Generation' (JP)

                   'ART1ST', as part of 1granary magazine (UK)
                   'Contact', Maarten Inghels, de Bezige Bij, ISBN: 9789023454779

2017            ‘End to End / Performing Objects', Kristof Van Gestel

2016            ‘Six Questions’, Tique l art paper ISSN: 2468-0907

2015            'uncovered' Daklozenkrant / social project, Newspaper to homeless as founder/editor

                   w/ Pierre & Maarten Mertens

                   ‘Seeing a rainbow (through a window that isn’t there)’, Dries Segers, De Warande

                    20 × 27,5 cm, paperback, 350 copies, ISBN: 9789090289571

                   '.TIFF MAGAZINE', FOMU Antwerp, ISBN: 9789066251854

                   'Phases magazine' 28/15

2014            ‘Cunning Surroundings’, Kasper Bosmans & Dries Segers, Heilig Graf Turnhout / Anastasis

2008            ‘De Canvascollectie’, Lannoo, ISBN: 9789020978629

 

 

LECTURES (selection)

 

2019           Lecture 'On Invisibility', University Cluj-Napoca (RO)

2018           Open Academy, 'Resistance', Centrale For Contemporary Art Brussels

                   Lecture 'De Donkere Kamer' w/ Stephan Vanfleteren, Teju Cole and Filip Dujardin

                   Lecture Department Photography LUCA Brussels

2017           Lecture Shoot Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam (NL)

2015           EXTRA FORT presenation with Christian Vum, Recyclart Brussels

2015           Tiff-talks, Fotomuseum Antwerp

 

INVISIBILITY

 

TOUCH

 

PATIENCE

 

LUCK

 

JOY

 

APPEARANCE