Crap - RIP Alan Rath

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Alan who? From the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook:

Alan Rath, Bay Area artist who pioneered electronic sculptures, dies at 60
Alan Rath, the Bay Area artist who crafted playful sculptures out of electronic and robotic material, inspiring a generation of Burning Man artists, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Oakland. He was 60.

The cause was complications from a rare form of multiple sclerosis, said Dianne Dec, who curated several exhibitions of his work at Hosfelt Gallery and served as his gallerist in San Francisco.

Rath’s kinetic sculptures often featured video animations of giant human eyes that roamed across flat electronic screens, blinking and darting and staring back at their viewers.

With a degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rath cited a wide range of inspiration, including Alexander Calder, David Smith, Jimi Hendrix, NASA and Robert Moog, who designed analog synthesizers.

“I realized I had zero musical talent, and I absolutely love music, and the ideas in music really inform so much of what I do,” Rath said in an interview with The Chronicle in 2013. “But I can’t make music, so I make these other things.”

Rath’s alien-looking pieces are designed to move with lifelike fluidity, composed of materials like fiberglass, polypropylene, aluminum, custom electronics and partridge feathers. Their movement is caused by motion sensors and body heat.

Some photos at the site. A major talent and innovator. 2020 strikes again.

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