photo Aguila

Biography

Education and first works

Universidad Las Colinas

Realisation of building and art design

Patents and industrial property

Prices and Recognizements

Style and evolution of his work

The probability reality
The great merit of former conservator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brussels, Phil Mertens, consists in having recognized this as a new current in contemporary fine arts and to have convinced people at the Ministry of Education and Culture to also reckognize it as such, which made it possible to have some official manifestation on many university campusses in Belgium, Holland and Paris.

Equally convinced of this new current was Wall Street lawyers office Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (specialized in intellectual property and international law) via their senior chancelor and partner director for Europe and the Middle, East Bavo Cool, who frequented the environment of David Rockefeller and the Museun of Modern Art of New York and who acquired one work for their collection.

Through Bavo Cool the artist was offered to concede the monopoly on the totality of his work and future work to them, which the artist refused because he wanted to protect his creative and intellectural freedom, the more as, according to the law on intellectural property, contracts on the whole of the future work are not legal and even void.

His refusal was not received with thanks and there was a 25 years lasting "cordon de silence" laid around the artist and his work as a result of his refusal.




-Biography

Jan Gielens, artist name Aguila, was born in Melsbroek, Belgium, on 15th January 1937.
He is a monumental artist, industrial designer and founder of the “probability reality”, a new art current in contemporary (XX-XXI age) painting: His works consist not only of paintings, but also of monumental sculpture, monumental installations and work of conceptual architecture and new concepts on naval design and computer art.
He now is living and working in Spain.
Gielens is married and has three daughters.
In July 2001 Aguila is rewarded the “Premio a la trayectoria artística”,  the reward for the totality of his artistic career, called “Premio Juanito Laguna”,  by the Fundación Volpe Stessens, Buenos Aires, Argentina.



-Education and first works

Aguila studies visual arts and monumental art at the Higher Institute St Lucas in Brussels (Univrsity of Louvain), where some famous artists like De Maagd and Van Saenen were among his teachers.
During the last year of his art education Gielens had come to the conclusion that rather than to the coloring, priority should be given to a strong composition and equilibrium, the more whenever the equilibrium would be situated outside of the canvas. So the presentation of his final work caused many polemics, being extremely strong, but uone sing tonalities of grey.
Already his work as a student shows a.o. masterful nude drawing using Chinese paint-brush, ink on paper.
Also during this final year Gielens discovers, thanks to the lessons given by Professor Elno, the industrial design, which at that moment, in the European industry, is only in its infancy. He studies first at Ter Kameren in Brussels and then in Holland and finally is having some practice in Germany.

He works as a teacher at HeilIg Graf College in Turnhout, Belgium and teaches industrial design at the Higher Institute for Architecture St Lucas, Brussels.

From 1965 on he has projects and realizations as an independent industrial designer for various European industries: Holland/Belgium (Philips - Telecom), the Scandinavian countries, Italy, France, Germany, U.S.A., Japan, Belgium : Hilson (leather articles), Bumaco (metal using furniture), Brugman (glasses), Medal (leather seats), Pirelli Brussels, Verbrughe (furniture), Swedish and German furniture industries, and a company that manufactures packages, Munar Antwerp, Belgium. For one of his packages design, Gielens is awarded the Howard Design Award.
In the same period he is also the Industrial Design advisor at Febelhout, which is the Belgian Federation of Belgian wood using industries), Brussels (Belgium).

In 1972 he contributes to the design of his own residence in Brussels, Belgium, in cooperation with the also Belgian famous architect, Bob Van Reeth.

Also he is invited to give a serious of lecturers, a. o. in Ghent, Belgium, based on his continuous research on colour, light, structures, pure energy, symbols, philosophy, arts.  This leads, through the years, to the development of a scientific, technological, philosophical and artistic KNOW-HOW, which he calls the "DYNAMIC STABILITY ". 

In the inspired time of new freedom in the sixties and seventies of the past age these creative expressions didn´t pass unseen. In 1974 Gielens is invited to exhibit his paintings at University Gent .
In the same period 1974 the former conservator of the Museum for Modern Art in Brusels, late Mrs. Phil Mertens, who has become most interested in the very special way Gielens is painting, awards him the recognition of being the founder of a new tendency in contemporary art, called at that time "The Multidimensional Transparent Art". Much later this tendency will be catalogued in Belgium under the “minimal art”, which has not got anything to do with it.
At the contrary: “The energy which is meant here, is made of colour and light waves that, in their expansive interaction of colour spectrum and matter are influenced by the force of gravity and are creatively transformed by the artist into a harmonious composition” (oil on canvas).

Gielens is invited to give some multidisciplinary workshops at Cool international school in Brussels 1977-1980 and at Universidad Las Colinas in Elche, Spain, where apart from the workshops also conferences are given in the Agora departement 1977-1999



-About Universidad Las Colinas, Elche, Spain

Characteristic for its expression is the difference with the commonly known  universitarian activity. This means that  exams and  structuring in disciplines do not have priority, but on the contrary self chosen  targets and interdisciplinary. The fact that one has to remain within the limits of a given culture, makes place for an inter, trans and multi cultural environment. There are no permanent professors or students, but always new constellations, in which partially there may be no limits, and in which the roles may be interchanged. 

The investigation and the education can be developed at one side in the Encounters, and at the other side in the Agora.

During the preceding years, starting 1978, guest lecturers came from the whole world to interchange ideas from out their different disciplines during seminars with or without a theme, with or without students, or to give conferences about actual or future world themes. The most characteristic of these activities, which are orientated towards the investigation or towards the education, is the fact that they were developed in an almost unstructured way.
Given our generally over- structured society, especially where the institutions are concerned, the advantages of this environment have far more weight than the disadvantages. Everything that in the established universities is unusual, although not at the least desired, is not only possible here, but even welcome. This refers especially to the spontaneous interaction.
Although the whole activity is far more a serious of models and most interesting  scenes than a continuous industry, the  facilities offered in every context are always perfect: the translations are always made with utmost caution and the seminars are recorded and reported.

In 1977 also “The School of Ilicitis” is founded, called after Ilice, the ancient name for Elche. Ilicitis means also City of Light, the campus of the University, constructed by Gielens with his students in full nature, amongst the many palm trees, using very light structures and materials.

Now follow a serious of presentations to the public in general and to the university world , exhibitions and conferences with debates and multi vision projections.

In  1978:
-  Cultural center  Strombeek-Bever , Brussels, Belgium
-   Cultural Center Naarden, Holland
-   K.U.L : Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Catholic University Louvain, Belgium
-   V.U.B. : Vrije Universiteit  Brussels, Free University Brussels, Belgium
-   University  Antwerp, Belgium: installations on the campus
-   University  Hasselt, Belgium; 
-   University  Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; exhibition of painting, dresses, installations
-   Technische Universiteit Delft, Holland
-   Cultural Center Waregem, Belgium 

In 1979: 
-    Musée d'Arts Modernes, Céret, P.O., France: exhibition of oil paintings
-    Musée Artisanal Saint Roch, Céret, P.O., France. 
-    Outdoor exhibition  in Céret:  Installations spread over the whole city
-    International Cultural - Centrum  Antwerp
-    "Technique et  Architecture", Paris, France. 
-    Cam Cultural, Elx, Alicante, Spain. 
-    Ecologic show, Gent
-    Theosophical centre , Naarden, Holland
-    Cultural centre, Zottegem, Belgium
-    Cultural centre, Roeselare, Belgium
-    Cultural centre, Antwerp, Belgium
-    Cultural centre, Gent, Belgium
-    Cultural centre, Mechelen, Belgium
-    Cultural centre, De Panne, Belgium
-    World Symposium on Humanity, Kosmos, Amsterdam, Holland
-    Festival de l Homme Nouveau, Ceret, F.C., France
-    Congress on natural medicine , Firenze, Italie
-    University Centre, Kortrijk, Belgie
-    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Holland
-    Institut Superieur d Arquitecture, Paris, France
-    Galerii Vandevijver, Beveren-Waas, Belgie 

A favorable report of the Belgian ministry of education and culture  on contempory art is issued and a report on the innovating way of education at Universidad Libre Las Colinas is written by William Goeman after visiting the site Ilicitis and participating at a seminar about education. 

All this is the start of the living monumental work of art called “A Creation of the free will”, started 1977 and ongoing until at present. This monumental work of art is composed of multi disciplinary works of art, sculpture, installations, design, philosophy and architecture.


-Realisation of building and art design

-    1978 - 1979:  ILICI, Llauro, P.O., France – design and installations with his students, a. o. the installation of a cosmic axe, 6 meter high on a hill with view over the marvellous Mediterranean landscape.
-    1979 - 80:  design and installation of cultural medicine centre in Llauro, P.O., France.
-    1979 - 80:  ILICITIS: design and construction of University centre and campus, Elche, Alicante (Spain) 
-    1985:  University lodge of  "UNIVERSIDAD LIBRE DE LAS COLINAS" in Sucina, Murcia, Spain. 
-    1989 - 90:  Holiday Club "Jeu d'échec", on request (Morocco).
-    1993 - 94: University Campus of UNIVERSIDAD LIBRE LAS COLINAS in the semi-desert of Sucina, (Spain). 


-Patents and industrial property

In 1980 Aguila is offered a job as a naval designer and director at N.V. Nieuwe Nieuwe Scheldewerven, supported by the V.I.V. (Flemish investment association), The Generale Bank Maatschappij (one of the leading banks in Belgium at that moment), Fabrimetal (The Belgian Association of Metal Using companies), and Tractionnel.
-    Naval design FLYING FISH
    A small revolutionary air craft which flies low, uses ground effect and con not be caught by radars.
    The prototype was built in 1982 at Vennekens Yachtbuilder´s, Boom, Belgium and tested at Mudry,
    Normandy, France
-    Naval design SHARK, 1988
    A water craft which is safer, more stable, more economic and faster than any known boat up to
    the present days, the prototype was tested on the water in Hofstade, Belgium, and at Mar Menor, Spain
-    Naval design BREAKING, 2005
    Prototype buit at Tarsilo´s, Rojales, Spain and Air plane builder Ing. Hein Wijdema, Alicante, Spain.
-    Naval design XI, a 40 meter super yacht (2011)

Aguila is the curator of the Art Points exhibitions during the years 2001-2007.


-Prices and Recognizements

Gielens is being congratulated by the governor of Ouarzazate, Marocco for the design of the holiday club “Anagham”. He thinks the design expresses the real cultural values of Marocco and is much appreciated by the proper King Hassan II.

Gielens is rewarded the HOWARD REWARD, U.S.A. for one of his designs of packing.

In 1972  Aguila teaches, and, together with his students, in the beginning not signing their works, in which, in the diverse constellations, the limits fading away, the artistic can develop and promote, and the centre of gravity lying in the  multidimensionality.

February 1999:
- Cyber Excellence Award (U.S.A.) for web page design.
- Design of an interactive music instrument: a flute, in which there are no intervals
- Design of a series of haute couture dresses and jewellery on request for Feria, Callebert, Roeselare-Brugge, (Belgium). 
- International Seminar "Architecture: New dimensions between Heaven and Earth", organized by the Universidad Libre Las Colinas (U.N.E.) . Gielens participates in this seminar as a guest-lecturer.
- Art exhibitions, most of them computer art, which do not form part of the new art current “The probability Reality”.
- Exhibition of paintings in the ”Sala de Exposiciones”, Town Hall of San Javier, Murcia, Spain.
- Group exhibition "Zero-one", Keio University, Japan.- digital art
- Group  Exhibition eARTh 1999, Seiko University, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, Japan - digital  art2000:

March 2000:
Group exhibition "The Spring Exhibition", Edinburgh, Scotland - digital 

July 2000:
- Mac21, Marbella  Spain - digital 
- Group exhibition "Seeds", Shomeido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - digital
  - Spirited Herring, The Game of Reality, Finland - digital 
- Akiruno Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan - digital 
- Harappa Festival, Tokyo, Japan - digital 

2001:
- Spirited Herring, Finland, poster design for the on-line exhibition "Behind the Window" - digital 
- Work in permanent collection of Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA
- May 18 - June 22, 2001: Galeria d´Art Zero - group exhibition of paintings - "Summer 2001" Barcelona, Spain
- July 2001: Premio a la trayectoria artística, Premio Juanito Laguting na, Fundación Volpe Stessens, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- July 18 - 22, 2001 :  III Edition  “Art.e-mail”,  International exhibition  - MAC21 Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
- August 19-31, 2001: Bienale Cerveira Portugal - group participation with r2001 - multimedia 
- July 3 - 24, 2001:  Period Gallery, Nebraska, USA
- 2001: Agricola: Online proyect "The Artist and his Studio"
- October 2001: Gallery Assioma, Prato, Firenze,italy – exhibition of monumental paintings oil on huge canvas
- December 7-8 : rhythmONE  San Fransisco, USA. digital group participation with r2001
- December 2001: Unity Canvas, New York, USA, multinational group participation with New York Artists´Circle
- INPAKU, Internet Fair 2001, Tokyo, Japan, digital group participation with r2001 - multidimedia

2002:
- April 4 - May 26,  2002:  "Nishiogi MachiMedia", Tokyo, Japan, digital group participation with r2001
- June - July 2: From Earth Day to Art Day , Eaarth Garden, Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, digital - group participation
with r2001
- June 26 - July 4, 2002: Ginza Intersection, digital show at Ginza City Gallery, Sanai Building, Tokyo, group participation with r2001
- 2 July 2002: “Art day of the Earth universe”,digital
- The Book of Hope - World Healing Book - international collaboration with Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Dalai Lama and others
- September 7-29: Unity Canvas, A collective artists response to 9/11 - 300 works from around the world, Williamburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York
- September 19 - 22, 2002: Casa Amatler, Barcelona, vernissage Solidarity Originals, a solidarity campaign in cooperation with FNAC


-Style and evolution of his work

As to the pictural arts, after a lifetime of painting on oil, studying and investigation on energy in multidisciplinary fields, the movement may be called “The probability reality”

In 1977 “The School of Ilicitis” is founded by Jan Gielens in the time of the so called “new art history” of the past age. Workshops at V. Cool International school, St Michielscollegestraat , Brussels.

The contemporary university de la Nueva Era is being founded on the ideas of Gielens and officially inaugurated by the mayor and tenants of the city of Elche. The university is founded from V. Cool International School foundation Ciudad del Hombre, Madrid, named Universid Libre Las Colinas (1993 - 1999) and absorbed by Museum Lasoberana, founded September 4th, 1994.
The investigation and the education evolved at the one side at the encounters (Sucina, Murcia) and at the other side at the Agora (Elche, Alicante, Spain)

In 1977 Gielens is regularly beng invited at Villa Vollezele, an international meeting place. The exhibition of paintings by “The School of Ilicitis” is called there “The creative energy group” and gets to be known as such in Belgium.

Gielens is being made an exclusive offer on behalf of the multinational Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, via their late director for Europe and the Middle East. This offer is not accepted by Gielens (1979), because he wants to develop his intellectual and artistic work in complete freedom.
But after his refusal, a “cordon de silence” is created around his work and his person, with evaporations of “the lodge” in Belgian parliament.
NEE Of course Jan Hoet, who leans towards above mentioned tendencies, refuses to admit Aguila´s work to the exhibition in Kassel.
Despite of the “cordon sanitaire” Gielens is rewarded in July 2001 the “Premio Juanito Laguna la trayectoria artistic” for the totality of his oeuvre by the Volpens-Stessens foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentinia.

In 1972  Aguila teaches, and, together with his students, in the beginning not signing their works, in which, in the diverse constellations, the limits fading away, the artistic can develop and promote, and the centre of gravity lying in the  multidimensionality.


-The probability reality

About the new art current “THE PROBABILITY REALITY” (XX – XXI age) By AGUILA
This art, of the present times, is far away from the symbology. that relates to that, which it refers to. Symbols are signs in their virtual space, in the functioning of the human brain

The symbol cannot transform itself into a living reality. When we talk about symbolism, we talk about the implicit alienation of reality. And symbolic depicting is being made by means of color, form, composition, inventiveness and expression.

The emphasis of symbolism lies on the human brain which, by means of symbols, arouses notions and illusions. But symbolism has no understanding of reality and cannot break through into the real world, but on the contrary, gets lost in a labyrinth of abstraction. This art not only invites to purely sensory and emotional experiences, but also to discuss the interpretation of this emotional and visible world.

Much has been written and speculated about the relation between biology and art which would lie in each other´s line. Art and science do not necessarily have to merge, possibly a hybrid may take shape, namely the beauty of art and science. It is remarkable that in art, contrary to in sciences, older theories exist beside the new ones, although they get modified.

By applying in the painting organic and/or synthetic and/or inorganic pigments, in certain colors, (light), by the composing of colors, possessing each of them their own wave length, frequencies, energy and matter in a well determined organization, by interaction in space, by putting in the relative near space of the painting matter – energy or other forms of energy.

By interaction between the painting and other energy forms in space, electromagnetic interchanges arise, subject to gravity interchanges, in an intrinsically dynamic character. Every change in the created electric field creates as change in the magnetic field, a change in the magnetic field creates an electric field. Alternating, each other invoking electric and magnetic fields in chocking processes in a string of transformation and mutation, in a network of interchanges.

Waves of a lineal surface and fascinating hyper dimensional patrons are being created. These probability waves, these reaction probabilities of chocks, interchange of creative orbits make tails and waves, directly by attraction and repulsion of resonances, continuously forming and dissolving among particles, impulses and compound waves. as a vibrating string a frequency of identities of probabilities are being created brief and continuously which might give birth to fractals.

It concerns an exciting experience of idea, in which has been absorbed energy of the artist of this powerful play as well as the energy of the person experiencing this probability reality as the interaction of his space; it is an ever changing play of beautiful colors and forms between the two extremes in space.

The painting itself, where the four dimensional phi is being spotted, does not exclude the emotional experience of the visual painting itself in an open experience which the spectator can add his own interpretation to.

The four dimensional art work that occurs in space, is a probability reality, directed by the energy painting with the aid of an opposite, electric or magnetic, depending on whether the painting itself is electric or magnetic, in the space near to the painting

This new approach evokes philosophical, ethic, scientific and cultural questions that are not taken into account in the scientific research itself. What is the relevance of a reflection on natural sciences and as to humanities?




Ciudad del Hombre a.s.l.f., acting for the Museum of Lasoberana

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