26 September 2006

Esquisses de Frank Gehry (1)

Documentary (2000-2005)
Director: Sydney Pollack

26 Sept 06 16h36
UGC CITE LES HALLS



How do you feel when you look at the real buildings?
- Terrible! How could anyone allow me to do such a terrible thing. I want a place to cover up myself.
- From sketching to finishing, it takes such a long years to do a project. Too long, that when it's finished, i started to hate it.
- This building is one of my children, and this is the second time I see it. Maybe I would see it two or three times more in life, then, that's all...

How do architects work?
- From sketches, then paper models, then cardboard models, then digital models, then wooden models, then concrete buildings, then demolished....

Where do the inspirations come from?
- From wastepaper bin, from paintings, from a clip, from a fish....

Why you are so obessed with Fish?
- When human civilization can't advance, you have either to stop or to go back. And I choose to go back to millions of years ago when there is only fish!
- The day after seeing the fish sculpture model, the client called me, "Frank, we got a problem. You know, our clients pay thousand dollars to stay a night in the hotel, and we put them to look at the ass of the fish?!"

What is architecture?
- This is a concert hall, the auditorium is the most important, the others, are of minor importance.
- If the architectural presence distracts the spectators' attention, it's only that the paintings are not good enough.

Born in 1929 in Toronto, Frank Gehry was once a lorry driver, an airplane cleaner before he became known as Frank O. Gehry - the great architect. Graduated from Southern California University at the age of 25, he established his associate in 1963, at the age of 34. His artisitic view, however, was not gaining recognition from his contemporary at his young age. And he concluded that there was a anti-semitic sentiment against him, so he changed his name from Ephraim Owen Goldberg to Frank Gehry, to cover up his jewish trace.

Frank Gehry's work shows an influence from his modernist predecessor Le Corbusier, such as his Notre Dame du Haut. However, as a post-modern deconstructivist architect, Frank further breaks away from the symmetrical aesthetic and balance of modernist architecture. By creating anti-physics and lost centre-balance structures, his work were dominated with curves, visual conflicts, wraped walls, that they become unconventional but functional sculptures.

Selected works and images of Frank Gehry:
1. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1989)
(Photographer, Don Wong)
2. Frederick Weisman Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, USA (1990)
3. Disney Village, Disneyland Resort Paris, France (1992)
4. Cinematique Francaise, Paris, France (1994)
5. Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic (1995)
6. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (1997)
7. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, California, USA (2003)
8. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (2004)
etc.

Official Website: Sketches of Frank Gehry

6 comments:

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louisykl said...

have seen this dvd in hmv. quite expensive. want to buy after reading your article.

dreamhunter said...

How come ya?? This article is so so... not possible to arouse any interest.

In fact, I don't find it particularly good as a documentary. I like "My Architect" far more than this one! This one is not 3D enough. The producer is Gehry's fans No.1, you can tell that he would love in love with him if he were a woman. There is only a professor from Princeton who's giving another view on Gehry's work. But he did portrait Gehry as the boy next door, a very humble man, indeed, i believe he's Gao Xingjian type of person.

The only interesting thing about the docu, is that it shows how Gehry build the model with his colleague, it's kind of chance encounter, by chance... a bit more here, a bit less there, let's see...

Anyway, personally, i don't really like Gehry's work, I prefer Louis Khan and Daniel Libeskin. His work is chaotic in a certain sense, everything cramped together, look at Bilbao, it's so out of place with the surrounding, like a 18th Century French duchess walking in a mine, pretentious!

Don't buy the DVD la. You have enough of Architecture books la!

dreamhunter said...

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louisykl said...

ok i won't buy it.

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