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Timothy Segers

A Move Through Skill

Timothy Segers’ work is about the suggestion of freedom. Having enjoyed an academic education in film, cultural studies, product development, sculpture and trained as a blacksmith, Timothy Segers’work is characterised by the integration of sculptures into their surroundings and their adaptability to constantly changing situations. His skilfully produced art pieces find endless possibilities for they can be limitlessly moved and/or re-attached. In this manner, the artist encourages a new form of dialogue between the spectator and the work of art in an ever evolving context. This implies a radical breakaway from the framed pictures and the closed and static suggestions that rule the art scene. The spectator becomes the creator being granted the liberty to determine the stance of the work of art receiving an active dramaturgic role to shape his own environment.

Segers’ quest for a thorough examination of materials, brings him to existential questions on the subject of creation itself, as well as its direction and movement. Challenging the limits of function and space to ultimately overcome them, Timothy Segers’ art pieces fulfill the desire to break down the walls of matter and dimension. They tend to visually outgrow and transcend their own spatiality owning a hue of infinity.

 

Black velveteen steel cut-outs are titled ‘Utop series’ in homage to The Great Utopia, the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. These dark moth-like figures stem from improvisational distorted light drawings, for which vectoring programs were used. The quickly warped sketches, produced in powder-coated steel graphical shapes, can be pinned with magnets on the wall and are customisable to any given environment. These sculptures defy perspective by the dimensionality they create. Light spaces of void have been incised through the rough thickness of steel. Timothy Segers’ work thrives on the transformation of matter, shaping it to challenge the traditional notions of aesthetics. In doing so, the artist has the ability to alter the perceptions of our surroundings. 

 

Whereas the Utop Series deals with the suggestion of space and direction and their impact on the spectator, the ‘b.ond-series’ is a paragon of the interplay between the form of a work of art, the space we grant it and how this interaction influences our lives as viewers. These sculptures are handcrafted and own a direct tactility to their conception. These polymorph sculptures are rolled out of a boiling brew, conceived by hand and in the moment through twisting and turning. These long curly swirls of matter look as if they winded up in the space at hand and transcended their creator, appearing to have been produced rather in and by the situation at hand. Since they are made of a flexible material they can be remodelled to any given situation and space. Their density however allows them to be enlarged. Their versatile character lies in their shape, as well as in the way they are handled and placed. Intended to be enlarged, they can be genealogically tracked by lineage to their original mould. They beautifully reflect the industrial approach recurring in Segers’ oeuvre. 

 

Timothy Segers’ work came first to the attention of the international art world in 2015 in the group exhibition of the GAB, selected Belgian abstraction, curated by Luc Tuymans for Parasol unit Foundation in London which later travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, M HKA.

 

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2017

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Timothy Segers

Utop a5, Blackhill lady, 2016

powdercoated steel

120 x 100 x 03

Timothy Segers

Utop a8, 2016

powdercoated steel

120 x 100 x 03

“An artwork is not finished if it’s hanging on a hook. Take it, express yourself through it, do something with it. Art is a language you can play with. It offers suggestions.”

Article by Frank Heirman about Timothy Segers in GvA, 2016

The utop gives a mark the properties of an object. This twist translates a drawn element outside its frame. The artwork supports the ability to turn around and flip the direction in the object to reshape how the space is experienced. Making any situation a black canvas for the intent of the beholder. Before the Utops I started to folded up paper boxes with the top covered in black marks.

 

Artist Archive, Sequence of cube in motion 2003

     

Timothy Segers

Utop a8, archived obj., 2021

powdercoated steel

120 x 100 x 03

Utop and the symbolicale vallue at a turn of the hand is a movement that brings together the source of our interaction. the way we turn a suggestion to make our point is as we make a mark. this hidden methode is within every matk we make every painting, word, object to which we connect a symbolic understanding. 

In this manner using perspective the utops where created 

the serie continuasly evolving on how we create direction and a space more effeciently. The wondering of this experience is moving to away from these first position of our antropcentric view. When we and our way of handeling are surpassing the juke of nature on our path. 

In this manner the first staps towards these directing object (ruthers) are aplied to the world ath large and seeks the mastery of objects. setting the objects as a subliem experience tapping in to the antropocene and a level of civilasition that is still a magical experience to us.

When I was assisting an artist, my eye stumbled on a meter high collom lying in the midst of some other collected personal values under a side table of his office. It was a Brancussi. He pulled and lifted the piece onto the table. He got it when he traveled to meet his studio when he was about my age.

 I imagined the train journey home to Germany, with a ignited wunder and fire holding the large handled form that so easily and naturally travelled the room as it once would have made the voyage in the young man’s hands. It is a knowledge understanding of how things move and how we move it. Our interpretation of these moments translates to the sense of our interaction. In this time I learned I started on a path to translate this understanding. Of how you pass on this value for matter and people.

Onderste delen van eindeloze kolommen I tot III in de studie, herfst 1933 Gelatinezilverdruk, 17,9 x 12,9 cm Centre Pompidou, Nationaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, © Sucesión Brancusi – Alle rechten voorbehouden, VEGAP, Málaga, 2018

TimothySegers is fully aware of the Western roots and values that underpin the education that shaped him. He acknowledges the drive towards development inherent in Western culture. He neither condone nor criticizes it, and chooses instead to work with these forces, subtly altering their course.

Kate Mayne, 2017

This rather unique focus of Segers to create artworks as a means of expression is a sign of our time. Because the concept of an artwork is quickly disappearing when it goes through the many curatorial styles and it gets integrated into our personal lives and preferences. We soon lose the concept like a dead language. For Segers, this contemporary position of the artwork determines a different level in which the artist influences.

The objects that he creates embody a timeliness, which holds on to the applicable nature of the abstract. For individual experience and the collective unconscious, we are moving towards the benifit of the next infinity

Ref to the eccentric prints and the evolution of the chinees language from the yijing, explains how we have evolved ourselves in the using of the language and how very recently our position to this origine has now completely changed. The understanding of a repositionable object, as the sculptures of Segers focuss on our abbility. On the maner we make an effect in our surrounding. It is in the making concious of how we place and handle an object in our world that we become aware of its impact.

Timothy Segers

Utop tryptic, 2016

set of 3 lino block prints

in round frames each dia 40 cm

“His skilfully produced art pieces find endless possibilities for they can be limitlessly moved and/or re-attached. In this manner, the artist encourages a new form of dialogue between the spectator and the work of art in an ever evolving context.”

Random notes, Gretta Welsh, 2020

Timothy Segers

Utop spheres 02

powdercoated metal

8 objects of variable sizes

Timothy Segers

Utop spheres 01

powdercoated metal

8 objects of variable sizes

As the sculptures of utop where made to deconnect and explore the experience of the space surrounding us and how we use this space. the production of these pieces needed needed a simulair philosophy.

To goal of creating anywhere at any time… ( how to spread the mark) stood at the base of these works. Making larger production possible completly deconnected of space and time , being able to create anywhere. 

Addaptional of production to exhisting steal industry proces to be realised easly world wide. 

Pushing the limitations of production on this stage in my cereer stoot central throughout the Utop Serie up untill now. When we started the production of large plastic elements.

Timothy Segers

M HKA , 2016, Utop 3D nr. 2,

powdercoated stainless steel

475 x 200 x 180 cm

[Timothy Segers ] How we formed the shape and flow of matter has usually been an unconscious act. It is in refining an equipollent action that we create a measure. A measure that defines us by the consequences of how we have made an impact.

The utop gives a mark the properties of an object. This twist translates a drawn element outside its frame. The artwork supports the ability to turn around and flip the direction in the object to reshape how the space is experienced. Making any situation a black canvas for the intent of the beholder. Before the Utops I started to folded up paper boxes with the top covered in black marks.

 

Artist Archive, Sequence of cube in motion 2003

Timothy Segers

M HKA , 2016, Utop 3D nr. 2,

powdercoated stainless steel

475 x 200 x 180 cm

Timothy Segers

Utop a5, Blackhill lady, 2016

powdercoated steel

120 x 100 x 03

Timothy Segers

Utop a8, 2016

powdercoated steel

120 x 100 x 03

“An artwork is not finished if it’s hanging on a hook. Take it, express yourself through it, do something with it. Art is a language you can play with. It offers suggestions.”

Article by Frank Heirman about Timothy Segers in GvA, 2016

Utop and the symbolicale vallue at a turn of the hand is a movement that brings together the source of our interaction. the way we turn a suggestion to make our point is as we make a mark. this hidden methode is within every matk we make every painting, word, object to which we connect a symbolic understanding. 

In this manner using perspective the utops where created 

the serie continuasly evolving on how we create direction and a space more effeciently. The wondering of this experience is moving to away from these first position of our antropcentric view. When we and our way of handeling are surpassing the juke of nature on our path. 

In this manner the first staps towards these directing object (ruthers) are aplied to the world ath large and seeks the mastery of objects. setting the objects as a subliem experience tapping in to the antropocene and a level of civilasition that is still a magical experience to us.

TimothySegers is fully aware of the Western roots and values that underpin the education that shaped him. He acknowledges the drive towards development inherent in Western culture. He neither condone nor criticizes it, and chooses instead to work with these forces, subtly altering their course.

Kate Mayne, 2017

Timothy Segers

M HKA , 2016, Utop 3D nr. 2,

powdercoated stainless steel

475 x 200 x 180 cm

[Timothy Segers ] How we formed the shape and flow of matter has usually been an unconscious act. It is in refining an equipollent action that we create a measure. A measure that defines us by the consequences of how we have made an impact.

This rather unique focus of Segers to create artworks as a means of expression is a sign of our time. Because the concept of an artwork is quickly disappearing when it goes through the many curatorial styles and it gets integrated into our personal lives and preferences. We soon lose the concept like a dead language. For Segers, this contemporary position of the artwork determines a different level in which the artist influences.

The objects that he creates embody a timeliness, which holds on to the applicable nature of the abstract. For individual experience and the collective unconscious, we are moving towards the benifit of the next infinity

Ref to the eccentric prints and the evolution of the chinees language from the yijing, explains how we have evolved ourselves in the using of the language and how very recently our position to this origine has now completely changed. The understanding of a repositionable object, as the sculptures of Segers focuss on our abbility. On the maner we make an effect in our surrounding. It is in the making concious of how we place and handle an object in our world that we become aware of its impact.

“His skilfully produced art pieces find endless possibilities for they can be limitlessly moved and/or re-attached. In this manner, the artist encourages a new form of dialogue between the spectator and the work of art in an ever evolving context.”

Random notes, Gretta Welsh, 2020

When I was assisting an artist, my eye stumbled on a meter high collom lying in the midst of some other collected personal values under a side table of his office. It was a Brancussi. He pulled and lifted the piece onto the table. He got it when he traveled to meet his studio when he was about my age.

 I imagined the train journey home to Germany, with a ignited wunder and fire holding the large handled form that so easily and naturally travelled the room as it once would have made the voyage in the young man’s hands. It is a knowledge understanding of how things move and how we move it. Our interpretation of these moments translates to the sense of our interaction. In this time I learned I started on a path to translate this understanding. Of how you pass on this value for matter and people.

Onderste delen van eindeloze kolommen I tot III in de studie, herfst 1933 Gelatinezilverdruk, 17,9 x 12,9 cm Centre Pompidou, Nationaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, © Sucesión Brancusi – Alle rechten voorbehouden, VEGAP, Málaga, 2018

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