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  • Writer's pictureTiffany Davis-Rustam

Homage to Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall

Feb. 22, 2012 — original post

So, a while ago I asked my Facebook fans “If you were to choose a painting based on the predominance of 1 color, which color would that be?” The response was overwhelmingly: BLUE! With that in mind I set about to create the biggest triptych of mine to date. I posted it’s preliminary stages earlier in my blog, but here is the final!

I’m particularly interested in abstracted form that has a basis in reality, and it’s that ambiguity which I love to explore. At first glance this painting may look completely non-representational, but actually it’s based off the architecture of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney concert hall.

At first glance of that building, I was captivated by the highly organic style of his design, where all normal building notions were completely reinvented by what looked to me like giant sheets of musical scores, tossed up joyously into the air. Inspiration struck a chord in me, and I was compelled to honor this masterpiece in a composition of my own.

The physical scale of this painting in person envelopes one right into the middle of these large shapes. The dramatic curves dance and swoon upwards toward the night sky, and the warm colors in the center hint at the mysterious life going on inside the building. In person the appearance of the building changes from every angle, and so I aimed to incorporate these multi-facets into my own interpreted view of it.

This painting doesn’t have a title yet. I was thinking something like “Rhapsody in Blue,” but alas that’s already the name of a famous Gerschwin score. Any ideas are welcome, as I can’t stand an Untitled artwork personally!

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