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.
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

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.

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.

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

I hope to see you out and about,

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-


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.


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.

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

-Mikhail Bakunin, 11/28/19

Loggia Gallery, Berkeley City Club, November 7, 2019- January 7, 2020
Photos Here


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.
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

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!
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.

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

2019 Ars Electronica Festival

I will also be doing  Research in Florence, Italy.

I will be working on a Project with Danielle Depiccioto and Alexander Hacke in Berlin, Germany in late Sept.

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,


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/





A live soundtrack performance with Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS: The Clubfoot Modern Machine Orchestra Performs

•July 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment


For a summer jaunt out of SF this Saturday.
I am ecstatic to be joining this Clubfoot Orchestra incarnation with my Machine Philharmonic, which is made up of custom made sound machines.
The Clubfoot Modern Machine Orchestra Performs Fritz Lang’s Newly Restored METROPOLIS
At the Historic and epic Empress Theater In Vallejo California July 20, 2019.
Empress Theatre
330 Virginia St, Vallejo, California 94590
4-8 P.M.

Truly a stellar lineup:
With live music performing original scores by
Richard Marriott – Winds & Electronics, Alisa rose – Violin
Gino Robair – Percussion, Kymry ESainko – Piano & Keyboards
Matt Heckert – Machines, Kal Spelletich – Machines
Shannon O’Hare & Obtainium Works – Machines

Participating artists:
Adrian Regnier Chavez, Eija Temisevä, Ilaria Pezone, Lorenzo Papanti, Lydia Gyurina, Pierre Ajavon, Joanne Alvis, Crystel Egal, Yoon Suokwon, Anabela Costa, Andrew McDonald, Tony Buchen & Jeralyn Goodwin, Ann Grim, Gala Mirissa, Vanja Karas, India Roper-Evans, John Longenbaugh, Karolyn Schwab, Katherine Sweetman, Veronica Shimanovskaya, Marc Dixon & Dennis Gaines, Matteo Campulla, Mladen Stropnik, Natalia Jezova, Robert Ladislas Derr, Sandrine Deumier, Susana Sanroman, Tina Sulc, and Laura Cohen.

AND IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH, make it a 2fer in Vtown for my commrade Marshall Elliot’s art show there as well.
At Brittany,
Saturday at 10 AM – 2 PM
801 Sacramento St., Vallejo Ca.
New Work by Marshall Elliott

Perceived measurement
Artists leaving town
New towns
Shipbuilding legacies
Cost of living