Remember when your teacher asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? Chances are you might have volunteered a career along the lines of what Alan Rath actually does for a living. An artist and robot builder, he’s spent decades tinkering with “digital video sculptures” and “creatures” built from LCD screen and custom electronics. Rath claims he’s “been thinking about building these things since I was eight years old”. Well, his dreams came true, and that makes me feel like mine can too. Alan Rath: Skinetics is on at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York until April 7.
Rath’s robots combine mechanical movement with ominous Orwellian body parts that grant them an uncannily humorous life, while retaining a look that’s got a remarkably uncluttered visual appeal. Enjoy the video below to get the full effect of of his whirring, purring, joy-inducing characters.
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