Thilo Frank's engaging mirror installation The Phoenix is closer than it appears fills an entire exhibition hall in Bildmuseet. With its large size it is a tangible object but at the same time the installation can be perceived as almost invisible, only a mirror image of its surroundings. The exhibition room becomes, at one and the same time, both a physical space and a reflection.
The installation's interior also challenges our senses: a limitless room of endless reflections and a single swing in the middle of the cube. When the swing starts to move the disorientation exerts its full effect. Walls, ceiling and floor disappear in a spatial centrifugal movement and the body seems to disappear out into an endless space. Frank has also created a site-specific work for Bildmuseet's large window section on the ground floor. The title of the newly produced site-specific work, Circumpolar Lantern, refer to celestial objects that never sets below the horizon.
Thilo Frank (born 1978) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Department of Intermedia Art , State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany. This is Thilo Franks first exhibition in Sweden. He has created permanent public works in Copenhagen and Hjallerup, Denmark and has exhibited at, among others, Arken, Denmark; Kunsthalle Wien; Future Gallery and PROGRAM, both in Berlin, FRAC Orléans and Atelier Calder Sache, France and at the biennial in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Thanks to KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg Danmark, for lending the piece.