"I burst into tears," Gehry said, "When transmitting feelings through time. When using inert materials to create feelings that we the imaginative can transfer to people."
Those "things" created by Gehry, 86 a master of expression, are now on display at the new "Frank Gehry" exhibit, on view through March 20, 2016 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
In fact, who hasn't been moved by the dynamic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles? Yup, that was Gehry, revolutionising architecture from the early 1960s to present day.
Organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, "Frank Gehry" is organized in six chronological themes that shed light on the evolution of his architectural process. Concert halls, company headquarters, residential buildings, museum additions and public monuments are brought to life through more than 200 free-form sketches, 66 models, architectural slide shows, documentary by Sydney Pollack and an intimate video interview.
Gehry moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in 1947. After graduating from USC with a degree in architecture in the mid-'50s and studying city planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he established his Santa Monica office in 1962. He got the Pritzkar Prize in 1989.
His two storied house in Santa Monica shows use of cheap materials in new ways where- corrugated metal adorns the facade, galvanized chain-link fencing delineates the terraces and rough plywood is used throughout.
Gehry started with two-dimensions and straight lines then burst with more complex shape before applying CATIA (Computer Aided Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) originally intended for aeronautics and automotive industries. He has applied it to the fish sculpture for the Olympic Village in Barcelona, Nationale-Nederlanden Building , the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Disney Hall and the recently completed Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. ?Los Angeles Daily News