Renowned architect Frank Gehry once famously declared, “I decided the fish was the model for the future of architecture because it expressed sculptural movement.” This profound statement encapsulates Gehry’s lifelong fascination with natural forms and his quest to redefine the boundaries of architectural design. Now, Gehry’s visionary perspective is on full display in his latest exhibition, “Ruminations,” at the Gagosian gallery’s Madison Avenue location.
Opening on February 8, 2024, “Ruminations” showcases Gehry’s latest sculptures and works on paper, including elaborate interpretations of his iconic Fish Lamps sculpture series and a captivating Crocodile Lamp sculpture. The exhibition offers viewers a glimpse into Gehry’s creative process and his exploration of the intersection between art, architecture, and nature.
At the heart of the exhibition are Gehry’s internally illuminated sculptures, crafted from copper and Formica, which evoke the fluidity and grace of aquatic life. Visitors to the gallery will encounter suspended fish sculptures, illuminated from within, casting mesmerizing shadows and blurring the lines between art and architecture. Gehry’s fascination with the “perfect form” of the fish extends beyond sculpture and permeates his architectural masterpieces, such as the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Each sculpture in “Ruminations” is a testament to Gehry’s innovative approach to design, drawing inspiration from nature’s timeless beauty and evolutionary marvels. The intricate leaflike scales adorning the copper fish sculptures represent a new motif inspired by Gehry’s personal experiences, including a memorable hike with his granddaughter.
In addition to his sculptural works, “Ruminations” also features a selection of Gehry’s works on paper, offering viewers insight into his creative process and artistic experimentation. Through loose, joyful drawings rendered in ink, watercolor, and acrylic, Gehry captures the dynamic energy and organic essence of the piscine form, echoing the fluidity of his architectural sketches.
Throughout his illustrious career, Gehry has pushed the boundaries of architecture, challenging conventional notions of form and function. From his groundbreaking designs for the Guggenheim museums to his innovative furniture creations, Gehry’s work transcends traditional categorizations, blurring the lines between art and architecture.
“Ruminations” invites viewers to embark on a journey through Gehry’s visionary imagination, where the timeless elegance of nature converges with the bold innovation of architectural design. With each sculpture and drawing, Gehry invites us to contemplate the future of architecture and the endless possibilities that lie ahead.
As visitors immerse themselves in Gehry’s captivating world of sculptural wonders, they are reminded of the enduring power of art to inspire, provoke, and challenge our perceptions of the world around us. “Ruminations” stands as a testament to Gehry’s creative genius and his unwavering commitment to shaping a more beautiful and harmonious built environment for generations to come.