Solo Exhibit at St. Mary’s University

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Kal Spelletich: Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots

Kal Spelletich has an upcoming exhibit at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art in Moraga, California from July until December 2019 titled Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots. It is his first solo museum exhibit in his 38 years of art making. The exhibit will consist of several praying robots and photos from the exhibit Intention Machines at the Catherine Clark Gallery.

The exhibit will also consist of several new pieces created specifically for the exhibit.
-A breathing pillow triggered by the audiences heartbeat.
-A solar powered perpetual motion prayer wheel in the entryway courtyard.
-A collaborative student, faculty, staff and interdepartmental (priests/brothers, engineering, physics, astronomy and writing departments) folio of prints done in collaboration with the University print shop to be exhibited via Andrew Mount.
-Kal curates a small exhibit from the museum collection that parallels with the themes of my exhibit. The themes being Can Technology perform spiritual acts? and personalizing robots. How science and religion are alike, the supernatural, a suspension of beliefs. Riffing on landscape and the William Keith Northern Ca. paintings. Via Strawberry Creek, Berkeley.

A series of events during the duration of the exhibit;
A poetry reading with faculty and ex faculty
Film night
Classes, workshops.
A conversation with St. Mary’s brothers, astronomers and artists.
A BB-Q with a robot.
A performance with the dance department.
Exhibition Dates: July 25 – December 8, 2019
Opening Reception Date: September 5
Artist Lecture Date: October 17
The exhibit closes in mid December 2019

In the exhibit are 8-10 sculptures and 3-4 prints.

There will be a talk at St. Mary’s on Thursday October 17.
A performance at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco on December Tuesday Dec. 10, 7:00 P.M.
At at the Catharine Clark Gallery on Dec. Dec. 18 (most likely).

I hope to see you out there!

A big thank you to Catharine Clark and the Catharine Clark Gallery.

In the exhibit is video documentation of the Strawberry Creek Harp, The original Painting of Strawberry Creek by William Keith and the harp the audience can activate and play.

Upon my first visit to the St. Mary’s University Museum realized that they had an extensive collection of the turn of the centuries naturalist painter William Keith. I looked into their collection and found a forested gem called Strawberry Creek Berkeley.
I pondered this work. Visited the creek and found that the majority of it had been buried underground except for a very short bit in a park that had been “daylighted”.
I decided to try and respond to his painting that had been done about 100 years ago. I fabricated a harp that would be played by the creek.
A pin econe is hung over the falling waters of the creek, when it moves it triggers the motor on the harp. The harp plays to the creek/the creek plays the harp.
An homage to William Keith.

~ by kaltek on July 14, 2019.

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