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.
- Get your pout on, it's Valentine's weekend, and it's the Best of the Web
- Moby Digg uses basic colours and shapes for photo exhibition identity
- From celebs to cleaners, Maxi Cohen photographs ladies’ rooms around the world
- Seoul-based illustrator Yeon Ji Kang's beautifully thick-limbed ballerinas
- Roses at the ready, our round-up of the best Valentine’s Day ideas from the creative world
- First Dates for those who create: two-thirds of Nous Vous on their special three-way relationship
- VSCO develops new typeface and a symbol-based language as part of its rebrand
- When to wake up, what to drink and how to work: “how to live like a creative” unveiled
- DesignStudio rebrands the Premier League
- Racy photography from the new issue of Odiseo
- Our round-up of last night’s Super Bowl 50 ads
- Hato’s responsive identity design for Pick Me Up 2016