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In society there exists an ever-present need to commit things to categories Whether it is people plants animals food fashion or art we seem to always apply labels Why Is it because it makes aspects of day-to-day life easier to understand or more accessible Does it make remembering things or learning about them more straightforward Or is it that as a society we are unable to accept that unfamiliar aspects or objects may be of equal if not more value than those which are able to be categorized This need to classify or label is a dominant theme when discussing the work and career of American architect Frank Owen Gehry Throughout his career his designs have created many theories views opinions and breakthroughs in the architectural world and inevitably critics and theorists have tried to put a brand name on him and his creations Is he a Modernist or Post-Modernist Is he a Cubist Is he a Deconstructivist Is he an artist Does he produce pieces of architecture or works of art But the most crucial and valid question is can he indeed be categorized Does his work or some part of it fit characteristics which define a type within contemporary architecture Maybe it is this ambiguity which makes him so controversial For the fact that Gehrys creations span many themes and theories across four decades is exactly the aspect which sets him apart from his architectural contemporariesWhen he reconstructed his Californian home in 1978 using unconventional materials such as chain-link plywood and corrugated stainless steel Gehry was catapulted to international attention This structure was so far past anything that had at that time been classified as the norm and this brought much criticism In this work Gehry pulled together countless amounts of elements which had been playing on his mind up until that point - it was a culmination of his dreams But no matter how far critics went no matter how much people
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