Frank Gehry Essay

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Biography Frank Gehry was born at Toronto in 1929 and raised in the mining town of Timmins, Ontario. His father was a pinball and slot machine supplier and also an artist who won numerous awards for window displays. Always considered a dreamer by his father, Frank wasn't expected to amount to anything important. At 16, Gehry's father died and his family moved to L.A in 1947. His mother contributed to Gehry's creative genes also. She worked for a L.A department store as the head of the drapery department. Gehry was educated at the University of Southern California where he received his architect degree, and later attended Harvard's Graduate School of Design.In the 1950's, Gehry returned home to pursue his career in architecture. He stared his own firm in 1962, but slowly became more interested in painting and sculpture. Gehry became friends with local abstract expressionists and liked their work. He began to realize that if they could take raw materials and make it art, he could do the same and make it architecture. These L.A artists supported his newfound abstract ideas of architecture and he built many of their homes and studios. Gehry felt he was much closer with the artists in L.A than any of the architects.In 1978, Gehry transformed his small Santa Monica home into his first masterpiece. He used architecture as a medium and collaged corrugated metal, chainlink fence and other abstract materials in the form of a house. His house stuck out like a sore thumb in his Santa Monica neighbourhood and his neighbours were furious. It was viewed as garbage to them yet as an icon to all the critics. He was one of the firsts to use architecture as medium, and became instantly notorious. From that point on, Frank Gehry followed his intuition and made work that only he wanted to do. He cut down his office from 30 people to 3 and started completely over.Slowly Gehry began his career over again and designed many innovative buildings such as the Los Angeles Children's Museum in 1979, the California Aerospace Museum in 1984, the Yale Psychiatric Institute in 1989 and many more. Most recently he designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, the Vontz Center for Molecular Study in Cincinnati, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao Spain, the EMP (Experience Music Project) in Seattle, and is currently working on another branch of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Gehry has received numerous awards including the Pritzer Architect Prize in 1989 and the American Institute of Architecture gold medal in 1999. Over the years, Frank Gehry has become a respectable, popular and extremely innovative architect, and he continues to design fascinating buildings to this day.Style Frank Gehry's style is that of an abstract artist. His buildings should be considered as architecture as art, not just simply architecture. Gehry's style of architecture is evident in all of his work, especially in the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies and the EMP. He is extremely original, and...

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