Andy Oliver graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering—and a minor in economics just for fun. After some time spent designing drawbridge electrical systems across the Southeast United States—enough time, if you ask him—he built up the nerve to follow the path that he had been unconsciously clearing for himself over the last few years.
Since even before college, Andy had shown interest and ability in creative fields, particularly photography and music. But, given the vicissitudes of middle class life, he never considered art a viable career option and went with the sure-fire, fun-filled future engineering had laid out for him.
Now, Andy doesn’t exactly regret having taken that path. Designing bridges in Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia was quite an experience. Working to deadlines, writing contracts, dealing with clients, and making things work in real life were all worthwhile experiences.
But, though it was not entirely unfulfilling, Andy found something missing from a life of pure engineering. Engineering is a tool. It’s a tool we use to build bridges that get us from here to there. But it can also be a tool we use to express our artistic impulses. Architects are probably most attuned to this fact. But only recently with the new media and interactive art movements has engineering reached something of a critical mass in the art world.
So Andy decided to really get things rolling, using his skills to assist artists in the execution of their ideas. This blog, while featuring random little things that fascinate Andy, will also document the process of getting his business, Raritet, rolling. Hopefully you find it entertaining.