Dawn at the gates
a collection of 406 unique stills ( L: €360 / M: €310 )

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This mixed-media canvas depicts the sunrise from across the Brussels Royal Park. It is the view from a tram stop where the Poet falls asleep while sheltering from the rain in the short film Out of Reach (Rain Night). Drunk, he clings to romantic memories and dreams of folkloric night festivities. At daybreak, the street lights switch off and the nocturnal artifice lifts. The unsparing dawn illuminates the remorse of our character, haunted by the memory of a deceased friend. Birds sing and fly over the sky where reddish colours leak upwards from the horizon as if summoning the tragic accident.
Dawn at the gates - variation 109
The sun, shining between the malleage of the park trees, lies above the East gate of the park. In ancient myths across the world, the return and disappearance of the sun was accounted for in the belief on the Gates of the East and the Gates of the West. In the morning, the sun enters the world of mortals through one gate to pass out at the other in the evening in its way back by the dark path of the under world. The sun passes through the gates of the under world in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Sun gates whith a red disc sculptured and painted on the centre of their lintel mark the entrance of temples in Egypt. Likewise, the Phœnicians signed the centre of their doorways with the sun at Byblos. In Persia, the eastern gates at Hatra temple were dedicated to the sun, with birds right and left as emblems of dawn. In China, the most usual form of a tomb doorway has the lintel sculptured with a flaming sun rising between two guardian dragons.

Dawn at the gates - variation 210

The Royal Park has been called a forest of symbols, and is arguably part of the largest Freemasonic complex in the world. A compass inscribed in the layout of the Park appears in the right as one of the graphics hidden in the dark undergrowth. Alchemic symbols are usually a metaphor for the journey of the Freemason, transmuting to perfection through the discovery of the lost knowledge of the ancients. In these compositions, they relate to the rituals of self-destruction of our main character, the dissolution of his personality and the creation of his primal alter ego.

Dawn at the gates - variation 375

*Single edition (1/1) paint pigment print on Hahnemühle cotton rag
*Museum archival standard Lab certified Digigraphie
*M Print, 60 x 25 cm stamp on 70 x 34 cm paper
*L Print, 84 x 35 cm stamp on 104 x 55 cm paper
*Artist's hand-signed certificate
*€360 (L) / €310 (M)