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A Fish Out Of Water

February 13, 2014

Frank Gehry: Fish Lamps


As the old adage goes, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ – or in the case of world-renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, when you accidentally smash a sculpture mid-creation, take the remains as inspiration for a new masterpiece. Which is exactly what Gehry did when he was commissioned by the Formica Group in 1983 to conceptualise an installation using their then-new material ColorCore, and one of the works shattered. The shard-like remains somehow reminded Gehry of fish scales, and became inspiration for the making of his original Fish Lamp in 1984 – the foundations of a motif that has since become recurrent in his oeuvre.

Lucky for Hong Kongers, the Gagosian Gallery on Pedder Street will be a temporary home to the Canadian designer’s latest series of whimsical fish-inspired creations until March 1st. Veering from life-sized to outsized, the softly glowing goldfish and a black crocodile lantern have all been handmade from metal wires, silicone and the fateful laminate plastic ColorCore. Mounted on the walls, perched on pedestals and dangling from the ceiling, even amid Hong Kong’s mess of bright streetlights and neon signs, Gehry’s curling koi-shaped lights are sure to leave a lasting impression. Glow on, check it out!

On view until March 1, 2014.

Gagosian Gallery / 7/F Pedder Building / 12 Pedder Street / Central /
+852 2151 0555 /
gagosian.com

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