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 Alan T. Rath  (1959 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Ohio      Known for: sculptor-installation

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BIOGRAPHY for Alan Rath
1959 (Cincinnati, Ohio)

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Alan Rath is known for his unique approach to contemporary art through his creation of mechanical sculpture. Rath showed interest in art at an early age and was inspired by the kinetic sculpture of Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely after seeing their work in a museum.

Rath was born in Ohio in 1959 and even as a child experimented with electronic devices. His quest for knowledge about electronics and design led him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Physics but later switched over to Electrical Engineering. Before graduating from college in 1982, he had the opportunity to work at MITs Visual Language Workshop, the Architecture Machine Group, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies. As a self-taught artist, he converted his artistic vision into tangible structures.

In 1984 Rath moved to California and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where the necessary technology was available to him. Working with digitizers, microchips and cathode ray-tubes, he creates a cast of robotic beings with magnified images of blinking eyes and moving lips. His animal-like constructions are carefully crafted focusing on color and form but also have a humorous element about them.

His sculptures have been shown all over the world in solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States. In 1996 he participated in the Biennial exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and has also shown at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco. Alan Rath lives in Oakland California and continues to create his sculptures and display them nationally.

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