Alan Rath, ‘Ambivalent Desire’, 1988, Hosfelt Gallery
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Alan Rath

Ambivalent Desire, 1988

Cathode ray tubes, custom electronics, wooden crate, acrylic tubes
14 × 82 × 38 in
35.6 × 208.3 × 96.5 cm
.
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San Francisco
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Alan Rath
American, b. 1959
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Exploring the intersection of art and technology, Alan Rath renders electronics an art form with his electric, kinetic, and robotic sculptures. Wall Throbber (1998), for instance, is a device made from aluminum, electronics, a speaker, and light fixtures, that causes a red ball to bounce gently. More recent works incorporate digital media such as moving images in a manner that humanizes technology. In Watcher VII (2011), two screens showing close-up images of expressive human eyes jutting out from either side of an anthropomorphic white metal structure. He imbues these sculptures with lifelike qualities, working from his assumption that people will project human qualities onto machines when prompted and will even go so far as to perceive them as having personalities. The work celebrates technology’s potential for good while alluding to the dangers that lurk below the surface.

Alan Rath, ‘Ambivalent Desire’, 1988, Hosfelt Gallery
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About the work
Alan Rath
American, b. 1959
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Exploring the intersection of art and technology, Alan Rath renders electronics an art form with his electric, kinetic, and robotic sculptures. Wall Throbber (1998), for instance, is a device made from aluminum, electronics, a speaker, and light fixtures, that causes a red ball to bounce gently. More recent works incorporate digital media such as moving images in a manner that humanizes technology. In Watcher VII (2011), two screens showing close-up images of expressive human eyes jutting out from either side of an anthropomorphic white metal structure. He imbues these sculptures with lifelike qualities, working from his assumption that people will project human qualities onto machines when prompted and will even go so far as to perceive them as having personalities. The work celebrates technology’s potential for good while alluding to the dangers that lurk below the surface.

Alan Rath

Ambivalent Desire, 1988

Cathode ray tubes, custom electronics, wooden crate, acrylic tubes
14 × 82 × 38 in
35.6 × 208.3 × 96.5 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
San Francisco
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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