Alan Rath, Fa Fa Fa, 2013. Ostrich feathers, fiberglass, polypropylene, aluminum, custom electronics, motors, and speaker, 72 x 80 x 54 in.

Alan Rath

San Francisco

Hosfelt Gallery

Electronic arts pioneer Alan Rath has been making robotic sculptures that challenge the boundaries of biomorphic projection since the 1980s. Each sculpture in his recent exhibition, “Irrational Exuberance,” has a personality of its own. This individuality is made evident through specific patterns of whimsical and often quirky movements. Fabricated from aluminum, fiberglass, and feathers, his creations give the appearance of independent action, though they depend on small industrial motors programmed with open-ended algorithms. Rath, an MIT engineering graduate, definitely has the skills to infuse these complex computerized sculptures with an enchanting animation that hovers on the edge between industrialized machinery and sentient being… see the entire review in the print version of January/February’s Sculpture magazine.