Hypnotized, that’s how I felt when I discovered Philipp Frank‘s work. Almost by chance, while scrolling through Instagram, I came across a video of a mushroom that seemed to come to life thanks to geometric beams of light projected onto its red hat. Intrigued, I went to Philipp Frank’s profile and discovered an enchanted world.
Philipp Frank is an artist who grew up between Paris and Munich. His first approach to art was through graffiti, then, while photographing his artwork, he approached the world of photography and video. Today, after working for years as an art director and illustrator, Philipp specializes in site-specific installations and light art.
His works are the result of a process that involves choosing the perfect location, mapping the surface on which he has decided to project, creating the images to be projected and, finally, shooting the final result.
A recurring feature in his work, since his first murals, is the geometric element. Squares, triangles, circles and lines intersect to create patterns that fit the chosen location like a tailor-made suit.
Philipp Frank seems to be especially attracted to nature. For example, with “Rock Lights“, the artist created a series of projections using a rock formation on Koh Phangan, an island in the southeast of Thailand, as a canvas. For “Message from the Forest“, the artist worked in the Perlacher Forst, a forest area south-east of Munich, where he projected positive phrases onto tree trunks. It is as if nature were speaking to us and inviting us to relax and forget reality for a moment.
But Philipp Frank’s works can also be adapted to different contexts. In 2018, he created “Trinity“, a site-specific work for St. Ludwig’s Church in Munich, for which he built a surface consisting of a triangle and a semicircle that served as a backdrop for a game of 3D projections. The end result is reminiscent of an enormous kaleidoscope.
Lately, however, Philipp has returned to working in contact with nature and on his Instagram profile you can see how broken logs, mushrooms, flowers and bushes are awakened by his projections. It is as if, touched by a magic wand, nature comes back to life.