An ache, an epiphany, a calling. In Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum building (1997), for the first time gone are those mondrian boxes and straight lines, not in a 1950’s futuristic Frank Lloyd Wright-way, but in a free flowing kind of way. I believe sub-conciously, its design is inspired by Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (1950).
I think one needs to see Autumn Rhythm (1950) in person, sit in front of it undistracted for 20 minutes, to see the order within the chaos, to appreciate its structure, clarity, feeling of nature, against the element of chance. To critics at a newspaper who said it is just random chaos, he replied in a telegram “No Chaos Damn It.”
Robert Capa’s photograph of a nun with a group of girls waving at Allied troops on the day Paris was liberated holds a similar space; those waving hands/handkerchief, frozen in time, become flowing curves and free forms.Back To Homepage