About Studio JKL
Jan Koen Lomans is an interdisciplinary visual artist working with nature as a contemplative motive for his research and collaboration projects. He depicts this theme in a range of ways, by making it tangible in installations.
To Lomans collaboration is key and a necessity to transform his innovative ideas into artwork and installations. Work that contains his fascination with the cosmos, consciousness and quantum physics and how we look at natural phenomena.
Already from an early age Jan Koen Lomans has wondered about the complexity of nature, how vast and yet invisibly small it is at the same time, and how we relate to the most wonderful natural phenomena. What are mysterious and abstract themes to most, he depicts and renders in various ways, into tangible and comprehensible installations. He does not only offer a sacred place to the natural phenomena, he simultaneously creates a tranquil environment, leaving room for the viewer for wonderment and contemplation.
This is how the Nocturne series of wall carpets poetically captures transience. As in an Erik Satie inspired musical nocturne, he paints in textile a nocturnal dreamscape of abstracted withering flowers, conjuring the contours of the composition in the scarce deep blue night light. It is as if he lifted the abstract nature from a Vanitas painting.
After this slumber, follows the magical Golden Hour that Lomans has developed into shimmering warm red golden wall carpets, titled Im Abendrot. Inspired by the eponymous and deeply moving romantic musical piece by Richard Strauss and referring to Turners exquisite, delicately painted skies at sunrise or sunset.
The following exhibited, intriguing planetary landscape Cosmic Garden is a giant Mandala-like installation by Lomans and artist Marc Mulders. Like modern alchemists they create spheres of glass and textiles depicting the cosmic cycle, the cycle from which the universe, galaxy, stars, planets, and eventually humankind originate.
In Garden of Resonance, the most recent project in progress, Lomans aims to capture another phenomenon: vibrations in nature. He is fascinated by the fact that everything around us is constantly moving, shaking, vibrating, resonating, departing and returning. From the minutest element to the unimaginable enormity, it is omnipresent and everlasting. We respond to it, consciously or subconsciously. This holistic starting point lead to the Garden of Resonance; a garden filled with moving waves, sounds and vibrations, a resonating field where objects cause vibrations like modern singing bowls.
Once again the artist creates an environment where the viewer is made aware of the constant presence of resonance and sound. A place full of movement where you come to a standstill by listening, and through wonder.
Such amazing projects simply would not exist if designers and artists don’t enter into multi- or interdisciplinary collaborations, according to Lomans. Besides, collaborating is so much better, more interesting, broadening your vision and leading to a different, more layered outcome.
Artists, scientist and designers need each other, he claims, and in the future different disciplines will merge even more, making paradigms less linear.
Lomans works are created through extensive research processes and collaborations with artisan experts, like the textile weavers and knotters from the TextielLab, staff and students from the University of Wales TSD, and glass research with Glaslab Den Bosch. He works just as easily with a team of psychologists, industrial designers, architectural engineer, mechanical engineers, scientists and students of the TU Eindhoven on the intriguing contemplative Garden of Resonance.
Lomans’ innovative ideas, curiosity, unique and autonomous view, often lead to new production techniques. He uses an existing laser machine for the creation of melted structures in his explorations of nature. He challenges machinery; something Loman’s interventions do very successfully.
His remarkable interest in synchronicity, in the meaning of coincidence, is expressed in his research and applied techniques. The start of the creation process Lomans leaves as open as a blanc canvas, and then slowly starts to write on it. By letting go of control there is ample of space for unexpected, surprising twists. Only at a much later stage Lomans starts to work towards an end result. This is how image and story come together in an organic manner and present themselves as brand new insights.
Text by Jan Koen Lomans Viveka van de Vliet/Translation Lee Rammelt