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Frank Gehry

Fish Lamps

July 18–September 16, 2016
Rome

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Installation view

Artworks © Frank Gehry, photo by Matteo D'Eletto

Works Exhibited

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London I), 2013 Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 61 ⅜ × 58 ¼ × 64 ⅞ inches (155.9 × 148 × 164.8 cm)© Frank Gehry, photo by Josh White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London I), 2013

Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 61 ⅜ × 58 ¼ × 64 ⅞ inches (155.9 × 148 × 164.8 cm)
© Frank Gehry, photo by Josh White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London IV), 2013 Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 53 × 60 × 60 inches (134.6 × 152.4 × 152.4 cm)© Frank Gehry, photo by Mike Bruce

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London IV), 2013

Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 53 × 60 × 60 inches (134.6 × 152.4 × 152.4 cm)
© Frank Gehry, photo by Mike Bruce

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London V), 2013 Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 56 × 52 × 60 inches (142.2 × 132.1 × 152.4 cm)© Frank Gehry, photo by Stuart Burford

Frank Gehry, Untitled (London V), 2013

Metal wire, ColorCore formica, silicone, and wooden base, 56 × 52 × 60 inches (142.2 × 132.1 × 152.4 cm)
© Frank Gehry, photo by Stuart Burford

About

The fish is a perfect form.
—Frank Gehry

Gagosian is pleased to present Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps, an exhibition of Gehry’s animated and dynamic light sculptures.

One of the most celebrated architects living today, Gehry’s career spans six decades and three continents. Known for his imaginative designs and creative use of materials, he has forever altered the urban landscape with spectacular buildings that are conceived as dynamic structures rather than static vessels.

In addition to his architectural pursuits, Gehry has always experimented with sculpture and furniture, coaxing inventive forms out of unexpected materials, from the Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82)—chairs and tables carved from blocks of industrial corrugated cardboard—to the Knoll furniture series (1989–92), fashioned from bentwood. The Fish Lamps evolved from a 1983 commission by the Formica Corporation to create objects from the then-new plastic laminate ColorCore. After accidentally shattering a piece of the material while working, Gehry was inspired by the shards, which reminded him of fish scales. The first Fish Lamps, which were shown in Frank Gehry: Unique Lamps in 1984 at Gagosian Beverly Hills, employed wire armatures molded into fish shapes, onto which shards of ColorCore are individually glued, creating clear allusions to the morphic attributes of real fish.

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Il pesce è una forma perfetta.
—Frank Gehry

Gagosian è lieta di presentare Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps, un’installazione di dinamiche sculture luminose.

Tra i più famosi architetti contemporanei, Frank Gehry vanta una carriera internazionale lunga sessant’anni. Noto per i suoi progetti geniali e l’uso creativo dei materiali, ha mutato per sempre il panorama urbano attraverso edifici spettacolari concepiti come strutture attive piuttosto che come contenitori statici.

Gehry ha sempre sperimentato nell’ambito della scultura e dell’arredamento parallelamente alle sue ricerche architettoniche, estrapolando forme originali da materiali inusuali: da Easy Edges (1969–73) ed Experimental Edges (1979–82)—sedie e tavoli intagliati da blocchi di cartone ondulato—alla serie di mobili Knoll (1989–92), in legno sagomato. Le Fish Lamps nascono nel 1983 da una commissione della Formica Corporation per la creazione di oggetti nell’allora innovativo laminato plastico ColorCore. Dopo aver accidentalmente frantumato una lampada sulla quale stava lavorando, Gehry trasse ispirazione dalle schegge, che gli ricordavano le scaglie di pesce. Per la prime Fish Lamps, esposte nel 1984 a Los Angeles in Frank Gehry: Unique Lamps, Gehry costruì delle armature in fil di ferro modellate in forma di pesce, sulle quali poi incollava singolarmente dei frammenti di ColorCore creando evidenti richiami alle caratteristiche morfiche degli animali reali.

Dalla creazione della prima lampada nel 1984, le Fish Lamps sono state in mostra a Londra, Parigi, Hong Kong e ora a Roma. Il pesce è diventato un motivo ricorrente nel lavoro di Gehry, tanto per il suo “buon design” quanto per le sue caratteristiche naturali e iconografiche: il suo fascino imprevedibile contraddistingue le forme ondulate e curvilinee del museo Guggehheim a Bilbao, Spagna (1997); il Jay Pritzker Pavilion a Chicago (2004); e l’hotel Marqués de Riscal Vineyard a Elciego, Spagna (2006), così come la Fish Sculpture alla Vila Olímpica a Barcellona, Spagna (1989–92) e lo Standing Glass Fish per il Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (1986).

Nel 2012 Gehry rivisita la sua idea originaria iniziando a lavorare su un gruppo completamente nuovo di Fish Lamps, a grandezza naturale e fuori misura, impiegando in maniera più ardita il ColorCore e inserendo forme sempre più grandi e frastagliate. Ogni scultura è unica e fatta a mano.

Con il loro bagliore leggero le Fish Lamps esprimono l’originalità e il vigore dell’artista: curve e flesse nella simulazione del movimento, queste creature artificiali emettono una luce calda e incandescente. Tale omaggio alla vita, sottolineato dalla consistenza quasi organica delle superfici sfumate, rappresenta una sinergia dinamica di materiale, forma e funzione.

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