Since he first opened an architecture studio in 1964, Gehry has created a profound sense of beauty and energy, wrapped around utilitarian structures.
He expounds a free expressive form with out of the box thinking and boldness. His approach is influenced by his emotional reactions to the visual experience which he communicates in a simple, straightforward, and unpretentious way. His industrial raw style and childlike curiosity allows him to challenge the complicated world. To me his buildings are like large ink brush Chinese calligraphy.
“I came from a poor background, I was a truck driver as a kid. I tried to figure ways to make the architecture industrial raw design. I don’t like expensive things. When I design stuff I don’t add on every single detail, it is up to graduate assistants to do it. Not like Frank Lloyd Wright (etc.), designing everything like a straitjacket …. I build a container, everybody brings in something to fit in the container… It is the detail of content and the scale of it; it is like building Jiu Jitsu blocks, you use its proportion as your advantage.”
For Gehry art is the result of conflict and for hearts to rest and enjoy the result. Maricich asked Gehry what stood out in his life; he began with the remarkable scales of his building design, then jumped into a story of how he made a design last year for The Pierre Boulez Saal Concert Hall, located at a school that trains young Middle Eastern musicians, uniting Arabs and Israelis through music, in the heart of Berlin, Germany. Gehry said after listening to a concert, young musicians from Israel were asking if he would be the designer for their new music hall, turning a warehouse into a music building.
”Everybody is different and every career will be slightly different. I think the most important is to be yourself. In my teaching, I quite often in my first class tell my students to write their signatures. I put them on the table to show that they’re all different. So I said you see the difference? That is how you are different. I don’t guarantee it will work out, but you will have lots of satisfaction by finding yourself.”
Gehry is a person being creative beyond something he could ever imagine – and almost obsessive in his quest towards a goal to reach the unreachable – the coalescence of art and life into architecture.
Volume 33 no 4 March / April 2019