4 exhibits February 2020

•February 11, 2020 • Leave a Comment

 

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I cordially invite you to the closing event on Saturday 2/15 12:00-2:00, for my exhibit of ‘Strawberry Creek and Science Obscured’ at The Catharine Clark Gallery. Chester Arnold and I will be in conversation with Catharine Clark about the environment, our work in the exhibit and our upcoming collaboration.
Chester and I plan to create an homage to the Napa River that reveals different views of this waterway that has survived the wrath of channelization, bulldozing and reshaping of it’s flow. We will create a new site specific installation that incorporates one of Chester’s paintings, along with video, sound, and robots in the manner of Strawberry Creek which is in The Catharine Clark media room now until February 15th. Nature prevails!
Then we party!

Science Obscured, on display in The Catharine Clark back room, is a series of individual laser carved paper images that subtly unveil the monumental contributions of dismissed scientists. Next to these a robotic sculpture meditates on waves: light waves create sound waves create gravity waves, all activated by light, like from the flashlight on your phone. See ‘Descartes’ Laws of Motion’ in action: https://youtu.be/By7dRZGnYv0
‘Waves’ is a black on black carved paper image in an edition of 15. There are only a handful of these left!
Inquire at the gallery or ask me or see the attached image (more on this work at the very bottom of this email).

Saturday, February 15, 2020 At 12:00-2:00 P.M.
The conversation commences at 1:00 sharp!
248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103   415.399.1439
https://cclarkgallery.com/exhibitions/chester-arnold-complications-kal-spelletich
There will be drinks and snacks and treats. All for free.
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An Exhibit at The Center For New Music

“Hacked, Found, Repurposed 3,” an exhibit of experimental instruments curated by Bryan Day and Kirk Pearson. A menagerie of cardboard synthesizers, wire kinetic sculptures, musical bicycles, and other loveable audio oddities .

It is my sublime Cymbal:
https://youtu.be/90WAHYdgj6A?t=8

 

On display at San Francisco’s Center For New Music
through the end of February–always free to the public.
Keep a look out for the closing!
55 Taylor St
San Francisco, California
https://centerfornewmusic.com/
Call (415) 275-2466
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Hybrid Tenders

A performance with Ronja Ver http://soluja.blogspot.com/ and Kal Spelletich at CounterPulse San Francisco.

Tuesday, April 14, 7pm-9pm

http://counterpulse.org/event/matchbox-lab-4-hybrid-tenders/

Control your surveillance
You are invited to tend to the fragile equilibrium of life in an era of environmental emergency and mass extinction. Collaborate with the artists to operate robots and create sounds live, on stage, as we explore the intersection of surveillance, machines, and our sentient selves.
Plant the wood for your coffin or a tree that remembers the touch of your hands when all human life is gone.
7pm: Reception
7:30pm: Participatory Performance
Come early to sign up to be a part of the experience.
Ronja Ver: Movement and voice
Kal Spelletich: Robots and sound
About the Artists
Ronja Ver is a dancer, dance maker, teacher, mother, and activist. A perpetual student of performance as a way of participating in community and a tool for social change, they are deeply inspired by physical, social and mass movement, and its capacity to create meaningful impact on a personal and global scale. Ver holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and is proud to be spinning underwater in Steve Paxton’s DVD Material For The Spine.
For almost 4 decades Kal Spelletich has built interactive machines and robots. Spelletich’s work enacts a liberated awareness and pushes his audience toward creative responses to technology in their lives. His work explores the interface of humans and science to put people in touch with philosophical interactive experiences.
Matchbox Labs
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counterpulse.org
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ANNNNDDDD….Nevada Museum of Art in Reno
I have 6 artworks at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno Nevada in an exhibit called: Where Art and Tech Collide
January 25, 2020 – June 21, 2020

I am keeping some excellent company, for also in the exhibit are some fellow comrades Andy Diaz-Hope, Trevor Paglen,  Leo Villareal, and Gail Wight, among others.
The show highlights the various ways that artists use technology to inspire wonder and curiosity.

Where Art and Tech Collide

I will talk about ‘Robotics, Technology and Empowering Humanity’ at the Museum
on  June 5, 2020 12 – 1 pm, followed by a meal and drinks! Hello Reno.
https://www.nevadaart.org/event/artist-kal-spelletich-on-art-robotics-technology-and-humanity/

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Despite the chaos and mayhem sown by our political system, art prevails and is the workaround that brings joy, insight and provocation to this broken society we all live in. Go see some music, art. Theater, film, dance and, heck, something experimental!

See you around!
k

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Laser Carved Paper Edition ‘Waves’ at The Catharine Clark Gallery

Here is a work on paper I have in the exhibit. It is laser carved paper in a series of 15. No two are alike. They are priced at $350.00 each! The other works on paper are one of a kind and priced quite a bit more. The image represents two sets of waves. As they travel out they can reinforce each other to create a larger wave or do the opposite and cancel each other out. A wave can be liquid, sound, light, gravity or even a thought. This is how change happens. Oftentimes it may take eons for that change.

Every action has a reaction.

Sea and ocean waves are caused due to gravitational energy of moon. If we harness them, we are indirectly harnessing the energy obtained due to moon’s mass.

Waves are described by a wave equation which sets out how the disturbance proceeds over time. The mathematical form of this equation varies depending on the type of wave. Further, the behavior of particles in quantum mechanics are described by waves. In addition, gravitational waves also travel through space, which are a result of a vibration or movement in gravitational fields.

This wave can then be described by the two-dimensional functions
(waveform traveling to the right)
(waveform traveling to the left)
or, more generally, by d’Alembert’s formula:[3]

Here we are representing two component waveforms and traveling through the medium in opposite directions. A generalized representation of this wave can be obtained[4] as the partial differential equation
Waves; sound, light and physical waves. Water waves and sound waves are examples of mechanical waves. Light waves are not considered mechanical waves because they don’t involve the motion of matter. Light waves are just one type of electromagnetic wave. Sound waves exist as variations of pressure in a medium such as air. They are created by the vibration of an object, which causes the air surrounding it to vibrate. … Sound waves travel through air in much the same way as water waves travel through water.
Light, sound, energy, water waves, ripples, (wave interference)
Nothing that contains energy is “outside of time.” The reason is that the energy of any object is linked, by quantum physics, to the rate of oscillation of its wave function. Thus, if you have energy E (including any rest energy mc2), then your quantum wave function is oscillating with frequency f=E/h where h is Planck’s constant. So if you exist (and I take that to mean that you have some non-zero energy) then you vary in time.

Light is a transverse, electromagnetic wave that can be seen by the typical human. The wave nature of light was first illustrated through experiments on diffraction and interference. Like all electromagnetic waves, light can travel through a vacuum.
Light waves are different from mechanical waves, however, because they can travel through a vacuum. Light waves are just one type of electromagnetic wave. Other electromagnetic waves include the microwaves in your oven, radio waves, and X-rays.

In fact, there are two main types of waves: transverse and longitudinal. Longitudinal waves are where the vibration moves parallel to the direction the wave is traveling. Sound vibrations travel in a wave pattern, and we call these vibrations sound waves. Sound waves move by vibrating objects and these objects vibrate other surrounding objects, carrying the sound along. … Sound can move through the air, water, or solids, as long as there are particles to bounce off of.

“Light was not either a wave or a particle but was both a wave and a particle. Knowledge of both these very different aspects was necessary for a complete description of light; either one without the other was inadequate.”
– Niels Bohr

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Exhibit at The Catharine Clark Gallery This Saturday

•January 6, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Saturday Jan.11, 2020

4-7 P.M.

248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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I am in an exhibit at The Catharine Clark Gallery that opens this Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 4-6 P.M.

A Media Room presentation of Kal Spelletich’s installation sculpture, Strawberry Creek Harp (2019), which was commissioned for the artist’s 2019 mid-career survey exhibition at St.Mary’s College Museum of Art, Kal Spelletich: Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots. The sculpture responds to William Keith’s painting Strawberry Creek (ca. 1890s), which is held in the museum’s collection and on loan to Catharine Clark Gallery during the presentation at the gallery.The media room is through the 2nd gallery and to the right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45bxaxi2cvs
This work celebrates the environmentally sound and positive approach to correcting environmental mistakes. There is a scientific theory called the simultaneity, it says the universe is a giant harp vibrating together. One harp string causes the others to vibrate.

And, the rearmost gallery will have my Descartes’s Laws Of Motion: Meditative Gravitational Centrifuge Device. Here I honor CERN, circular colliders and Descartes.
See here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By7dRZGnYv0

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Also: -6 laser carved paper images of historic scientific principles and patents.
One of these is in an edition of 15 and are for sale for $350.00. Let me or the gallery know if you are interested.
-An attache case with a spinning Buddha, sound track and various items and ephemera included in it.
-A catalog from my St.Mary’s College Museum of Art exhibit (my first!).

-The actual Strawberry Creek Park, to see the daylit section, is located at 1260 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA.


The two main galleries will have the spectacular paintings of Chester Arnold. They are commenting on the environmental apocalypse that is staring us down. They are intensely amazing.
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More on Daylighting waterways:Daylighting projects liberate waterways that were buried in culverts or pipes, covered by decks, or otherwise removed from view. Daylighting reestablishes a waterway in its old channel where feasible, or in a new channel threaded between the buildings, streets, parking lots, and playing fields now present on the land. Some daylighting projects recreate wetlands, ponds, or estuaries.
https://bit.ly/2SWtNNo


ALSO!
On FRIDAY, January 31, for a very unique experience, Clubfoot Modern Machines Orchestra, which I am a part of, will be performing at The Catharine Clark Gallery. We will be performing Fritz Lang’s Newly Restored METROPOLIS very up close and personal.

In February I will have a piece in an exhibit on sound sculptures at the
https://centerfornewmusic.com/gallery/

I hope to see you out and about,
besties,
k

Does making art change the world? Perhaps not, but if we don’t do anything, we will explode. -Martha Wilson

-In the end, Art Conquers All-

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Hopeful Beings, Enchanted Roots

•December 16, 2019 • Leave a Comment

 

A wonderful essay on my dear Mary Muszynski’s exhibit of her Drawings in Berkeley, Ca.

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Hopeful Beings, Enchanted Roots
Drawing series that talks about the relationship of humanity and nature.

Closing Event, January 3, 2020 6-8:00 P.M.
Opening: Thursday November 14, 2019, 7-9 P.M.
Loggia Gallery, Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
November 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Mary Muszynski is a landscape architect by trade. Before she studied at Harvard for her landscape architecture degree she received a degree from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. A very long way from her roots  on the Great Smoky Mountains, specifically Cold Mountain in Western North Carolina. She designs outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures as a landscape architect and an artist.

This is an exhibit of drawings. Here these drawings shine a bright light on her drafting talent, honed in D.C., sharpened at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in N.Y.C., crafted to a sharp point in Cambridge Massachusetts, at Harvard University. Drawing over technical drawings originally made for clients, city and state inspectors. These renderings explode over their tight analytical base. A sort of collage of two separate and yet unified worlds. An obsessive focus on environmental concerns; water, storm water!, soil  conservation. A sanctuary for birds, butterflies, rabbits, turtles and humans. A safe haven for skunks to wealthy citizens. As  Sylvain Maréchal, in his Manifesto of the Equals (1796), demanded “The communal enjoyment of the fruits of the earth”.

One could think of her works as interventions, environmental restoration, infrastructure rehabilitation or even complete revision of an environment. The drawings experiment with scale. The plan of an acres-wide park has a petite California poppy sprouting on top of it. A manzanita tree explodes over a small private garden. Deep green infrastructure planning. It all leads to roots, so many roots, dozens of root drawings, intertwine, sexual, pulsing reaching. Reaching for nutrients, for strength, balance, depth, anchoring and providing a foundation. For roots ARE the foundation of a garden. As our climate dramatically and horrifically changes, the land literally burns before our eyes, we to be need conscientious stewards of our bioshere. These drawings explicitly and educationally share a positive solution.
In healthy soil we have “a symbiotic relationship with an astounding amount of life from microbes to earthworms. Humanity depends on plants for food, resources and beauty. In many ways, roots are key to our future”, to quote Mary Muszynski. In a way the drawings are about soil. Our deepest microbiome. The heart of the planets soul. The microscopic heart of our existence. Mary says, “Native plants thrive in native soil”, humans thrive with healthy soil, wherever that may be.
The setting of the show greatly compliments the work. It is in a castle on Durant Avenue in Berkeley built by Julia Morgan in 1929. A building filled with natural motifs: bears on the stairs, fish in the pool and columns like a forest canopy. The thick furniture is as strong as a California Live Oak. Light pours through leaded glass windows. The castle smells of wisdom, age, strength and international cuisine. There is exquisite French cuisine (for there is a French chef employed in the restaurant there for both lunches and dinners) and there is a bar! The gallery in which Mary’s drawings are nestled has 3 foot thick concrete walls, it looks onto the swimming pool and into a garden swollen patio complete with a fountain bursting with koi. This building is as elegant and rooted as Mary’s drawings. Both gifts for us to sup, savor, nestle and draw from.

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I have always said, The potato farmer also grows flowers. We have a need for nature, beauty and life. Just as we need air, water and food. In fact we should demand all in our lives. We cannot function or even excel in life without nature. This life practice of this Muszynski declares this in a joyous and ecstatic way. Poetic renderings dancing across the page. Gardens leaping from the paper.
From public parks, private gardens, byways, highways and street dividers Mary has designed them all. They are scattered all over the Bay Area and spreading across the United States this year! Hopeful Beings, Enchanted Roots are here for you to savor like a fine aged wine. Poetic renderings on paper, drawings of roots.
As Mary often quotes:
‘To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least understood need of the human soul.’ -Simone Weil

by
-Mikhail Bakunin, 11/28/19

Loggia Gallery, Berkeley City Club, November 7, 2019- January 7, 2020
https://www.marymuszynski.com/hopeful-beings-enchanted-roots-statement?fbclid=IwAR2_w-z4dYp8-m8J9CVAiI0WXwJ4rn4PTgT6uZhRDGZYr0rDLE0ZnGo3fqo
Photos Here
https://www.marymuszynski.com/

 

Catalog/Book Release Event Party! Performance!

•November 21, 2019 • Leave a Comment

 

I am so happy to be having an event at the indomitable City Lights Bookstore In San Francisco.

An attache Case in the Manner Of Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise,

To be presented with 5 separate cases in performance.
I am so happy to be having an event at the indomitable City Lights Booksellers In San Francisco.

Catalog/Book Release Event Party!
An evening with Kal Spelletich
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco.

I will ask the audience to collaborate on a short sound machine performance before the talk, it will be fun and NOISY!

Also present will be Peter Maravelis and Catharine Clark ! And some special guests TBA!

Videos of one of the Attache cases in action:

Why Do We Climb These Mountains!?

•August 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

1:30 seconds on ………. Why Do We Climb These Mountains!?

 

Catalogs on my Latest exhibit are available from:
 
The Illustrious
City Lights Bookstore!!!
Address: 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours:⋅ Closes 12AM
Phone: (415) 362-8193
 
St. Mary’s College Museum Art
Address: 1928 St Marys Rd., Moraga, CA 94556
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM
Phone: (925) 631-4379
 
The Catharine Clark Gallery, Address: 248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Hours: Opens 10:30AM.
 
AND,
 
Some quotes on my work by esteemed scholars, friends and visionaries!
 
“It is obvious Spelletich’s robots exist to bring capitalism to it’s knees.”
-Virgilia D’Andrea
 
“We have run in fear from the San Francisco mad-scientist’s widely acclaimed fire-ensconcing robotic art, which brought us too close to the dystopian realities of our real world–where art and life collide in anxiety-provoking, sensory rabbit-holes in which technology and terror machines run amok.” –Natasha Boas
 
“When Spelletich, oh so generously allows one to operate one of his pieces, he shifts the focus from the creator to his audience, making you the star. Who does that? Ever?”
-Austin Chronicle
 
“His work is beautifully subversive, Tesla meets Leonardo meets a mad scientist, subverting the corporate roles bestowed upon technology.” -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
 
“Kal Spelletich’s mechanical theater reflects an age in which the border between utopia and dystopia is increasingly blurred, and makes us wonder whether that border ever existed and, ultimately, whether human civilization ever planned for one.” –Piero Scaruffi
 
I love the colors in the spin which lies at the heart of earth matters. Authentic and natural. I am so happy that you are spinning within the world. -Kay Miller

Published on Aug 28, 2019

Why do you create? Machine artist Kal Spelletich speaks to his process and interactive robots. “Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots” is on display from July 25 through December 8, 2019. Reception on Thursday, September 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An artist dialogue will be on October 10. For more information visit: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

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Why do you create? Machine artist Kal Spelletich speaks to his process and interactive robots. “Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots” is on display from July 25 through December 8, 2019. Reception on Thursday, September 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An artist dialogue will be on October 10. For more information visit: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

S.F, Austria, Italy, Berlin.

•August 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I am very happy to announce some upcoming events in late August/ September>

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Thursday, Aug. 29
The Faculty Exhibit at SFAI: More Than 700 Years
There will be a short discussion in the Theater I am included in.
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Hosted by San Francisco Art Institute
Sfai—chestnut Street Campus
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California 94133
https://www.facebook.com/events/2166557767008296/

I have a nice machine instrument in the exhibit you can operate.
A faculty exhibition, by its very nature, is a model of the teaching community of the institution that produces it and hosts it.
More Than 700 Years, the title of the SFAI 2019 Faculty Exhibition, springs from the summation of time invested by each participating faculty member; an amalgam of years of activity both in the studio and in the classroom.


My first solo museum exhibit!
at Saint Mary’s College Museum Of Art Moraga, Ca.
I hope you can make it, it only took 38 years! From Oakland it can only take 20 minutes to get there, shorter than crossing the bridge!
https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/kal-spelletich-significance-machines-and-purposeful-robots
Reception: Thursday, September 5 | members 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | public 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots combines art and mysticism with the rigors of science and technology to explore the power of prayer and other meditative practices through an unlikely form, robots.

EUROPE SEPTEMBER 2019
I am in the 2019 Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria Exhibit!

2019 Ars Electronica Festival



I will also be doing  Research in Florence, Italy.
https://www.museogalileo.it/en/

Annnnd,
I will be working on a Project with Danielle Depiccioto and Alexander Hacke in Berlin, Germany in late Sept.
https://www.hackedepicciotto.de/

I hope you can make it to one of these great events & let me know if you are nearby!
Art conquers all.

All The Best,
Kal


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Panel Discussion on Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm: “Closing the Circle,” on Art, Advocacy, and Homelessness

•August 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

This panel is part of an ongoing gallery initiative to build dialogue around issues facing unhoused populations.

About this Event

 

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Catharine Clark Gallery hosts a panel discussion, “Closing the Circle,” on Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm. Part of an ongoing gallery initiative to build dialogue around issues facing unhoused populations, the panelists will discuss the role of art and artists in building awareness around homelessness, while questioning why communities – San Francisco in particular – with highly visible unhoused populations resist art that addresses social justice as a means of building connection or understanding.

Confirmed panelists (as of July 31, 2019):

  • Jana Sophia Nolle, artist, creator of the project “Living Room” (featured in Don’t Touch My Circles): http://www.jana-sophia.com/

Presented in conjunction with Don’t Touch My Circles, on view at Catharine Clark Gallery through August 31; preview the exhibition here: https://cclarkgallery.com/exhibitions/group-exhibition-dont-touch-my-circles

For more information on the Coalition on Homelessness, click here: http://www.cohsf.org/

For more information on Lava Mae, click here: https://lavamae.org/

For more information on Street Sheet, click here: http://www.streetsheet.org/

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/closing-the-circle-panel-discussion-on-art-advocacy-and-homelessness-tickets-67288925989