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Thilo Frank. Photo: Marco Baas, 2013

Daily Dozen with German Artist Thilo Frank 0

Mirrors and mirror-images have always had great meaning in art. The human mind is forever being likened to a mirror. What is written, painted, or created is an image of the mind, or, a reflection of it. Mirrors spur the viewer to look into his inner world, into his own mind...

The curators of Umeå's museum of contemporary art, Bildmuseet, have put together just this sort of exhibition – a journey into consciousness and space. One of the halls of Bildmuseet has been transformed into yet another visually beautiful dialog between space and humans – “The Phoenix is Closer Than It Appears” (exhibition on view until March 16), as created by German master of installation and sculpture, Thilo Frank.

The Phoenix is closer than it appears. Installation view, KUNSTEN, Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark, 2011. Photo © Studio Thilo Frank. Thilo Frank's large mirror installation The Phoenix is closer than it appears merges into the surrounding space and reveals a perfectly euclidical core where the visitor becomes the spatial focal point as he moves through the seemingly infinite space on a swing

Thilo Frank (b. 1978) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Department of Intermedia Art , State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany. 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.

Circumpolar lantern, 2014. Installation view. Photo © Studio Thilo Frank. The site specific work Circumpolar lantern invites the visitor to explore his spatial expectations and perception through light and the visitor’s movement

What’s the best moment of your day?

Waking up and seeing my son smiling.

Why do you work as an artist?

Seems to be my path.

Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you? 

Wow – there are so many… totally impossible to choose.

Thilo Frank in studio. Photos: Marco Baas, 2013

Where do you currently get ideas for your works? 

When I am physically on the move.

Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

Turrell’s Roden Crater.

What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

Sports, being social, travelling.

Do you sleep a lot?

Usually 6 to 7h … but I can run on 5 for a period…

Do you collect anything?

I am trying not to.

What is one of the most important things in your studio?

The phone.

What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

I love traditional cuisine from southern Germany. Don’t like fast food.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

Probably an astronaut.

Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

Björk, Stanley Kubrick, Johnny Cash.

EKKO, in Hjallerup, Denmark. Installation view. Photo © Studio Thilo Frank

Infinite rock, 2013. Installation view. Photo © Studio Thilo Frank