Most of Alan Rhody's professional life has been spent loitering at the intersection of art, technology, communications and business. His artistic interests and skills have been successfully integrated into his previous career paths in the fields of holography and software development. He is now a full-time artist.
Rhody has lived and worked primarily in the Baltimore/DC region and in the San Francisco Bay area. He currently lives in Baltimore County, where he has his stone carving studio.
Education: Clark University, Worchester, MA. Major course of studies: Neuro-psychology. Visual Arts.
Recent Artist-in-Residence / Awards: In 2017 Rhody returned to Ohio State University's Physics Dept to complete Phase Two of his art project, which incorporated holography and sculpture. The previous year (2016), Rhody was awarded an Artist-in-Residence from HoloCenter (NYC), which enabled him to use the specialized lasers and optical equipment at Ohio State University to make holograms of his stone sculptures. In 2016 he was also awarded an Artist-in-Residence at the Towson Arts Collective (sculpture).
Recent Exhibitions: In 2017 Rhody was invited to participate in three juried shows: two at Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD) and one at Columbia Art Center (Columbia, MD). His work was also displayed at Y:ART Gallery (Baltimore, MD). In December 2016, Rhody was part of an exhibition at The Gallery (Catonsville, MD) that showcased the work of the John Himes School of Stone Sculpture.
2013 - Present
Rhody currently sculpts at Studio 1412 in Lutherville, MD. He is experimenting with both primitive and realistic imagery.
He works with a variety of stone materials (including marble, soapstone, limestone and alabaster) using mainly hand tools to shape and finish the rock. His work has been exhibited at several fine art galleries. An award-winning marble piece, FIAT LUX, was recently acquired by a national collector.
He continues to learn and practice the art of handcrafted stone sculpture at the Community College of Baltimore County under the guidance of sculptor John Himes.
2005 - 2010
Continuing his experiments with light and color, Rhody learned and practiced the art of fused glass at several schools and studios in the San Francisco Bay area.
He has produced a variety of playful representational pieces and geometric abstracts featuring deep shades of purple, blue and turquoise.
Many of his pieces feature dichroic highlights and textures.
He prefers producing larger, window-sized pieces, in addition to bowls and displayware.
1985 - Present
Rhody was fortunate to be enrolled at the Holography Institute (an art school in the San Francisco Bay area) when the newly-emerging field of display holography was transitioning from small art studios and private research laboratories to public art galleries and commercial establishments. Working at a succession of notable companies (Reconnaissance: Technology as Art, Holos Gallery, AH Prismatic, Spectore, The Hologram Company, Holography News), he was instrumental in the distribution of pictorial (3D) holograms and related information throughout the world.
Due to his knowledge of holographic arts and technologies, he became co-editor and lead author at Ross Books, publisher of a renowned series of holography-related texts (Shoebox Holography, Holography Marketplace, Holography Handbook). He served on the board of the Laser Arts Society for Education & Research and presented at various international conferences.
He recently resumed hologram production using the ruby pulse and CW lasers at Ohio State University Physics Dept as part of HoloCenter's Artist Residency Program.
His art holograms have been displayed and sold worldwide.
Visual Projections (Light Shows)
1982 - 2005
Rhody, along with fellow artist Vince D'onofrio, created GEL-O-TRONICS to provide unique visual experiences, mostly in conjunction with live music events. Using pre-digital technologies (e.g., slide projectors, overhead projectors, special lenses, specially prepared slides, holographic foils, etc.), they illuminated a wide variety of venues ranging from small nightclubs to large convention centers. The company specialized in large-format exhibition, projecting colors and imagery on custom-designed screens, walls, and outdoor landscapes. Visuals were typically served live (i.e., in real-time), with minimal prerecorded sequencing.
In addition to numerous concerts in the Baltimore and San Francisco areas, notable productions included the 1999 / 2000 Millennium celebration featuring String Cheese Incident (Portland Civic Center, Oregon), the December 2001 Phil Lesh and Friends NYE concert (Oakland, CA), and Steve Kimock / Zero tours (Hawaii).