Matej Frank is a Polish visual artist, born in 1989; he works in Wrocław (Poland) and lives in Opava (Czech Republic).
The residences project was organised in collaboration with Associazione Barriera (Turin), in whose space the artist realised the performance “Entropia”.
The performance, which began as a tribute to the “Galeria Entropia” art gallery in Wrocław, was streamed from Associazione Barriera to the Polish gallery; the artist dedicated his work to the thirtieth year of activity of the gallery.Matej Frank realised a detailed performance to create and evocate the entropy phenomenon.
His working method is very simple for some aspects but at the same time it’s demanding and complex: his works, whether they are actions, sculptures, paintings, all start from the basic idea of telling a phenomenon or an experience. The artist finds the primary source of his work in the world and in its changes: he deals with space in relation with time, movement, body and sound.
For the performance “Entropia” Matej took inspiration from the book “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking. The reading made him think about the possibility to create a visual transposition of the entropy phenomenon, the measure of the degree of balance achieved by a system at any given moment.
In the realisation of the work at Associazione Barriera, the artist chose to paint 1,500 black and white dots on the wall (a number that is not random, but which represents the figure of each event during 30 years of the Galeria Entropia), deleting and replacing them from time to time, until he get the perfect balance between the two colors.
Matej began to take an interest in performance after years as a sculptor: movement in space is an excellent means for a visual artist who wants to explore new types of communication. He wants to relate with structures, which can be open to improvisation or previously prepared, as in this case. The artist is interested in visual language: he takes a given phenomenon and translates it for the beholder.
Matej Frank’s art is his way of looking at the world, a universal but purely subjective point of view, which can be shared and which gives space to different interpretations: “My art can be understood on different levels, I don’t hide the meaning of my job”.