Little known fact… Frank Gehry hates using computers. He never used one, and likely never will. Gehry Partners LLP, however, has pioneered the use of computers in architecture and design. Nothing built by Gehry Partners LLP over the past fifteenish years would have been possible without their methods and technology.
The AGO featured some of the latter a little while ago with the exhibit of Ghery Partners LLP’s (huge) working models. But the true catalyst of all Gehry related designs are not technological, but purely analog. The sketch (thank god for napkins) is at the heart of it all. Frank’s gestural movements denote energy, movement, form, ideas. These sparks are what evolve into the better known metallic reflections.
For a few more days, you can check out these pen-on-paper masterpieces. Curator, U of T Professor Larry Richards put together an exhibit spanning 25 years featuring eight museum projects, some sketchbooks from the 70s and 80s, and other spontaneous sketches that are displayed for the first time. There’s a lot of stuff to draw your attention.
The exhibit runs for just a few more days at the University of Toronto Art Centre (15 King College Circle, north side of the University College Courtyard.) Hours are noon to 5pm until Friday June 16th. Final day: Saturday June 17, noon to 4pm. $5 admission, but free for U of T students, faculty, staff.
[photo: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao - Frank Gehry]