. To historian
s, he may be known as that 'other Frank
' who designed the 'other Guggenheim
', but today, he's the most consistently fresh architect
(we, meaning the world
). Sure, to some, his works
are just too... out there
. A disciple
Gehry is not. Ol' Frank likes to have a little fun
. This freshness
translates to pure gaudiness
to some... but, don't we all now love
of the original gaudy one
Gehry is considered a 'deconstructionist' - fair enough. The Guggenheim at Bilbao, Spain, possibly his masterstroke so far, is certainly deconstructionist, with the easily viewable shape of a seagoing ship broken up into zoomy silver planes. It makes you feel like you're headed out on a voyage, and I'm told that it's wonderfully functional inside. But look at some of his other buildings. What exactly is he deconstructing? All those twisted boxes and warped windows, caved-in cylinders wrapped in corrugated aluminum. They're cool, they're functional... they're from someplace totally foreign to us bores. Gehry really isn't a deconstructionist, unless if he is deconstructing his own imagination.
And that's what (to me) Gehry is all about - imagination. And fun. Lots and lots of fun. Check out his cheap lines of furniture (well, cheap to make... can he help it if his name recognition boosts up the price?) Squiggles abound. Put that stuff in your living room, and it's like the party never stops. His commision for the offices of the innovating, far-seeing ad agency Chiat/Day has a front facade of... binoculars. Heck, this is the guy who's built buildings shaped (very realistically) like a fish on a hook. For a sushi bar, of course.