PHILIPP FRANK: EXPLORING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN GEOMETRY, NATURE & THE UNIVERSE

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By Balthazar Malevolent

PHILIPP FRANK: EXPLORING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN GEOMETRY, NATURE & THE UNIVERSE

Philipp Frank was born in the late '70s and grew up in Paris and Munich. The roots of the artist's creative journey lie in the early '90s when he started to write graffiti. That triggered a passion for photography and filming, followed by a Master's degree in communication design and 15 years as Art Director and Illustrator in the Creative Industry.

Philipp Frank specializes in site-specific works. From video art installations to LED light objects to immersive 360º shows. The artist's works are mostly influenced by nature, geometry, and the universe. Frank does what he loves and loves what he does, in Kahlil Gibran's words: "Work is love made visible".

Light art or luminism is a visual art form in which light is the main medium of expression. It is an art form in which either a sculpture produces light, or light is used to create a "sculpture" through the manipulation of light, colours, and shadows. These sculptures can be temporary or permanent, and can exist in two distinctive spaces: indoor galleries, such as museum exhibits, or outdoors at events like festivals. Light art can be an interaction of light within an architectural space. Light artists are those that devote all their creative experimentation to light art, some artists experiment with light and neon signage and use light in their practice.

Closely associated art forms are projectors, 3-D map projection, multi-media, video art, and photography where light technology projects images rather than using light as the medium. Large light festivals and events have helped to develop the use of light on large canvases such as architectural facades, building projections, the flood lighting of buildings with colour, and interactive media facades. These forms of light art have their antecedents in new media-based, video art and photography which are sometimes classified as light art since light and movement are important to the work.

An example of a light art installation was that of artists Mel and Dorothy Tanner, who began adding light to their paintings and sculptures at their studio in Miami, Florida, in 1967. This was the same time period as that of Light and Space artists James Turrell and Robert Irwin in Los Angeles, on the opposite U.S. coast. The Tanners worked very closely for over 40 years until Mel Tanner died in 1993. Their main project was the creation of Lumonics that consists of their light sculptures, live projection, video, electronics and music as a total art installation. Author and art historian, Michael Betancourt described this conceptual art as a Gesamtkunstwerk in his book, The Lumonics Theater: The Art of Mel & Dorothy Tanner, published in 2004. Dorothy Tanner, born in 1923, continues her light art from her studio in Denver, and co-directs the Lumonics School of Light Art with Marc Billard.

Philipp Frank

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