INTO THE WOODS Opening October 15, 2015

•August 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Jules Maeght Gallery

Media Contact: Luc Sokolsky (415) 549-7046
Jules Maeght Gallery
Jules Maeght Gallery 149 Gough Street @ Oak
October 15, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. There we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one more piece of bread, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them.
Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm
August 18, 2015 – San Francisco, CA.

The exhibition INTO THE WOODS announces the Jules Maeght Gallery’s second year in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. INTO THE WOODS features works by contemporary artists — Marco Del Re, Luc Doerflinger, Joanne Easton, Cécile Granier de Cassagnac, Laine Justice, Brett McCormack, Kal Spelletich and Justin Teisl — in a range of techniques and media : painting, sculpture, drawing and installation. The works selected coalesce in the service of storytelling through image-making. Drawing from fairytales and folk legends, the international artists in this group exhibition explore dreamlike and expressive themes creating haunting landscapes, strange environments, mysterious people and creatures that are at once magical, ominous and compelling.

New York based artist Brett McCormack highlights with his black and white intricate paper sculptures the predatory systems of the forest, in which life is indeed reliant on death. French artists Luc Doerflinger and Cécile Granier de Cassagnac’s haunting representations of animalistic forms in gouache and watercolor revisit childhood nightmares, suggesting a forest filled with characters from Brothers Grimm tales. Marco Del Re mixes technique and mythology, incorporating both Greek and Biblical tales into his linocuts, each then painted individually by hand. Laine Justice’s magical composite creatures painted on paper scrolls draw on Persian mythology, populated by imaginary humans and animals offer a forest scene more akin to a chaotic dream than a place of repose or reflection.
Jules Maeght Gallery
149 Gough St. – San Francisco – CA 94102 – – (415) 549-7046
Jules Maeght Gallery

Joanne Easton’s more conceptual work integrates artificial materials with discarded tree branches, exploring the boundaries between the quotidian and the mystical in reference to the longevity (or lack thereof) of art itself. Justin Teisl’s epoxy and acrylic paintings display our conflicting ideology towards the woods, at times visceral, at other times bordering on abstraction. Finally, local artist Kal Spelletich’s interactive tree robots exude grace in the face of fear. Spelletich’s robots encourage active engage- ment with the physical while interrogating how machines can support our spiritual tendencies.

The forest is a primordial locus and has always been representative of the unknown or the unconscious; it is a landscape replete with darkness, cruelty and dream-like qualities. The artists selected for INTO THE WOODS explore the effects and affects of the forest, the complex interplay between positive and negative space, which underlines our concurrent fear and fascination for the space the woodlands occupy in our lives and imaginations.

Jules Maeght Gallery
149 Gough St. – San Francisco – CA 94102 – – (415) 549-7046


Streetopia Book from the exhibit…

•August 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Installation by Barry McGee

Installation by Barry McGee

From and Exhibit I helped curate and participated in.

They’re here!!! get ‘um while they are hot!!
After San Francisco’s new mayor announced imminent plans to “clean up” downtown with a new corporate “dot com corridor” and arts district–featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man— curators Erick Lyle, Chris Johanson, and Kal Spelletich brought over one hundred artists and activists together with neighborhood residents fearing displacement to consider Utopian aspirations and to plot alternate futures for the city. Opening in May 2012 at the Luggage Store Gallery, the resulting exhibition Streetopia was a massive anti-gentrification art fair that took place in venues throughout the city. For five weeks, Streetopia featured daily free talks, performances, and skillshares while operating a free community kitchen out of the gallery.

This book brings together all of the art and ephemera from the now-infamous show—featuring work by SWOON, Barry McGee, Emory Douglas, Monica Canilao, Rigo 23, Xara Thustra, Ryder Cooley, and many more. Using the format of an exhibition catalog as a jumping off point, the book also includes essays and interviews with key participants that consider the effectiveness of Streetopia’s projects while offering a deeper rumination on the continuing search for community—and for Utopia—in today’s increasingly homogenous and gentrified neo-liberal cities in an era of unprecedented wealth disparity.
Pre-order now for September delivery.

The Make Out Room featuring an Survival Research Laboratories Poster

The Make Out Room featuring an Survival Research Laboratories Poster


Giants in the Sky

•May 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I am giving a talk this Saturday and running my hugging machine in the South Bay+++++

I am in this exhibit!

“Giants in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of Airships” in Los Gatos California.

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I am exhibiting a Flying Boot, a Portable Flying Machine In A Valise, Hugging Machine and some videos.

See the invite below, I hope to see you all…..

The exhibition will be on view from June 6 through September 27, 2015
The Public opening is June 6, 2015  from 12 – 5 pm

Formerly the Museums of Los Gatos, New Museum Los Gatos will open on June 6th, 2015. Please join NUMU and our neighbors, Friends of the Los Gatos Library as we celebrate our grand re-openings together!

Free Admission all day to NUMU! Remarks from the town, NUMU and Friends of the Library will begin at 1:30pm.

Great art and living history. Performance art featuring Dani Dodge. Robots lovingly created by Kal Spelletich. Interactive displays, the interplay of art and music, performance art, story telling and robots!

Intention Machines Exhibit

•February 28, 2015 • 1 Comment

Kay Miller Whirling Dervish

Kay Miller Whirling Dervish



UNTIL MAY 30, 2015

248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 399-1439


“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.”

CHRIS JOHANSON AND TOM GREENWOOD closed out the events part with a wonderful afternoon of sounds…..on Saturday May 23, 2015.

On Thursday, May 14, from 5 – 7 pm, Spelletich and Alistair Shanks, a Buddhist chaplain who has worked with the Zen Hospice Project and in the San Francisco County Jail system, will give a talk entitled, “”Robots and Mystical Transformations: Can technology help us address spiritual questions and crises?” An electric array of music DJ’d by Shanks and Spelletich will follow.  The exhibit will close on Saturday, May 23 with a musical performance from 3 – 5 pm featuring Spelletich’s robots, as well as Bay Area painter, street artist and performer Chris Johanson who will make a special guest appearance at the turntables. Musician and sound artist Tom Greenwood will collaborate with Spelletich experimenting with sounds produced from the robots to produce a soundscape with Johanson.

San Francisco, CA: Catharine Clark Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work of Kal Spelletich.  On view April 11 – May 23, 2015, Kal Spelletich: Intention Machines will feature approximately seven robotic sculptures, each representing an actual person influential in Spelletich’s life and artistic career.  Several photographs of the sun which Spelletich took with a digital camera modified with various apparati will also be presented as part of the exhibit.  A video documentary and paraphernalia from the production of Jo Harvey’s performance Hally Lou (1983) will exhibit concurrently in our dedicated media room.  Both artists will be present for the exhibition opening on Saturday, April 11th 2015, from 5 – 7 pm.

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In his capacities as an artist, Zen philosopher, ardent activist, inventor and musician, Kal Spelletich has spent his creative career exploring the powerful possibilities of combining art and mysticism with the rigors of science and technology. Spelletich is well known for his mechanized, fire-ensconcing robotic art, but his latest work leans away from pyrotechnics and towards a spiritual vein.  Intention Machines features seven headless robots— avatars of friends, mentors and heroes who have profoundly influenced the artist’s life.  Each robot is titled for its namesake, and wears unwashed work clothes previously owned and worn by the person embodied by the work. Poet and artist Lawrence Ferlenghetti and Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, are among those represented by Spelletich’s machines. His mechanical models genuflect, clasp hands in prayer and whirl
like Sufi dervishes.  Viewers activate the robots by touching an interface sensor that enables the machine to ‘read’ the viewer, and react with a responsive gesture.  Sensors on the robots are programmed to detect a variety of inputs: proximity, touch, force, breath-alcohol content, polygraph metrics, and ambient sound.  Responses are spontaneous and unique—the robots have no stored memory.  Each of the photographs in the exhibit relates to the same individuals personified by the robotic sculptures.  Spelletich took the photographs with a digital camera modified by a child’s magnifying glass and lenses cannibalized from old slide projectors in an attempt to view the sun in a way one cannot with the naked eye.  Spelletich’s process is very much rooted in his desire to pay homage to his mentors.  The work titled after Martha Wilson was taken while Spelletich was conjuring her during a partial solar eclipse.

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Several special collaborative events will take place as part of Spelletich’s exhibit.  On Saturday, May 2, from 7 – 10 pm,  artMRKT San Francisco will co-host an after-party at Catharine Clark Gallery in conjuction with the art fair festivities at Fort Mason.  Kal Spelletich will join with artist-musicians Scott Hewicker, Alicia McCarthy and Paul Kos for a night of DJ’d music and cocktails poured by Spelletich’s robots.  On Thursday, May 14, from 5 – 7 pm, Spelletich and Alistair Shanks, a Buddhist chaplain who has worked with the Zen Hospice Project and in the San Francisco County Jail system, will give a talk entitled, “”Robots and Mystical Transformations: Can technology help us address spiritual questions and crises?” An electric array of music DJ’d by Shanks and Spelletich will follow.  The exhibit will close on Saturday, May 23 with a musical performance from 3 – 5 pm featuring Spelletich’s robots, as well as Bay Area painter, street artist and performer Chris Johanson who will make a special guest appearance at the turntables.

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Kal Spelletich: Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, Kal Spelletich received his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, and an M.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, both in the field of Media Art.  For 25 years, Spelletich has been exploring the interface of humans and robots, using technology to reconnect people with intense, real-life experiences.  His work is interactive, requiring participants to enter or operate his pieces, often against their instincts of self-preservation.  He probes the boundaries between fear, control and exhilaration by giving his audience the opportunity to operate fascinating and often dangerous machinery.  In 1988, Spelletich founded Seemen, his interactive machine art performance collective.  Since then, he has performed, exhibited and lectured worldwide, collaborating with scientists, musicians, politicians and actors on various projects. Spelletich’s work has been included in numerous museum and gallery exhibitions over the past two decades, including the de Young Museum, SFMOMA, Exploratorium and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; California Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA; and Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA. He has also exhibited internationally in Namibia, Germany, Croatia and Austria.  Kal Spelletich lives and works in San Francisco, California.


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Join us for an opening with the artist
on Saturday, April 11
from 5:00-7:00 pm

248 Utah St, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 399-1439


•September 26, 2014 • 3 Comments



149 Gough Street @ Oak
Opening party November 13, 2014 6-8 P.M.
Jules Maeght Gallery Presents Inaugural Show
November 14, 2014- January 31, 2015
Media Contact : Natasha Boas
(415) 549-7046


Wine Pourerer

The Wine Pourerer In Action


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Sept. 22, 2014 – San Francisco, CA. Jules Maeght, of the Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence and Galerie Maeght, Paris, opens his first gallery in Hayes Valley, S.F on November 14, 2014 with the highly anticipated inaugural show “Art in Motion” including works by Pol BURY, Alexander CALDER, Marshall ELLIOTT, Vassily KANDINSKY, Kirstie MACLEOD, Joan MIRÓ, Clovis PRÉVOST, Tracey SNELLING and Kal SPELLETICH.


Inspired by the history of kinetic art in the  collection and the fact that the new gallery is housed in one of San Francisco’s legendary inventor and machine-maker Rube Goldberg’s studios on Gough Street in Hayes Valley, Art in Motion brings together works that explore kinetic art in diverse forms. To celebrate the opening of the new gallery and encapsulating its new program, European modernist will be shown alongside Bay-Area contemporary artists whose practice involves what Calder referred to as “art that lifts figures, colors and scenery off the canvas and proves that art is not rigid”.

Art in Motion, co-curated by Jules Maeght and Natasha Boas, showcases works including video, drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs, that contain movement, either perceivable by the viewer or that depends on motion for effect. Ranging from three-dimensional sculptures such as Pol Bury’s “Vingt-cinq boules sur dix plans inclinés, 1965” (Twenty-five Balls on Ten Inclined Planes); San Francisco-based artist Kal Spelletich’s new series of poetic wooden machines “Locally Euclidean, 2014”; Oakland-based artist Tracey Snelling’s mixed-media tableau of the Golden Gate Bridge 2012, to Alexander Calder’s ink and gouches on paper from the early 1970s and Vassily Kandinsky’s drawings from 1926, Art in Motion encompasses a wide variety of overlapping techniques and styles from the 20th century through today.

The original Galerie Maeght opened its doors in Paris on December 6, 1945 with an exhibition of drawings Henri Matisse had made during the war, and immediately became the epicenter for modernist artists and writers. Aimé Maeght, the gallery’s founder and a publisher of limited-edition artist books, began his art career in the South of France with his wife Marguerite.
The Maeghts had an unparalleled eye for quality, combined with a skill for nurturing and promoting new art and artists. These essential qualities secured their position as perhaps the most respected and influential advocates for art of their time. From 1946 onwards, such artists as Bonnard, Braque, Calder, Giacometti, Léger, Rouault among many others became part of the gallery.
Seminal exhibitions such as “Le Surréalisme” curated by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp in 1947 changed the course of art history and exhibition-making. In June 2014, the Maeght Foundation in St. Paul de Vence, founded by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght in 1964, and now entrusted to their son Adrien Maeght and his children, celebrated its 50th anniversary showcasing its world-renowned collection which includes some of the most important oeuvres of European Modernists.

Jules Maeght, Adrien’s son, a specialist of art editions and publications, opens his first gallery in San Francisco later in the same year 2014. Pioneering and exploring new vistas, Jules Maeght continues the Maeght family legacy of passion, adventure, and a commitment to artists and creative experimentation in the new Hayes Valley San Francisco gallery. Along with his partner and wife Amelie, the next Maeght generation will work to combine modernist artists alongside contemporary Bay-Area and international artists with provocative and engaging new exhibitions and programs.


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GALLERY LOCATION: 149 Gough St. – San Francisco – CA 94102
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm
CONTACT: Amélie and Jules Maeght –

September, 2014 Cologne, Germany

•August 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment


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I am in an exhibit in Cologne at the very cool Robodonian Festival.

I am bringing a new sensor based and trigger robot. It will rebirth another very flammable robot.

See below-




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Here is my proposal;
I propose to build a 3-6 meter tall articulated robot arm, in the manner of an industrial robot, but out of wood and found objects, as well as hardware I will provide. This robot will be positioned in front of a video screen facing the audience with a smaller sculpture between the robot and audience.

Projected onto the screen will be the robot view of the sculpture and audience. The smallish sculpture is made from found objects and branches.

There will be a barrier in front of the entire installation. In front of the barrier is a station with sensors and switches that operate the robot and sculpture. I have some new sensors that read a volunteers touch, heartbeat and skin conductivity, a sort of aura reading.

Volunteers touch copper plate sensors and switches triggering the robot to respond, the robot has a live camera, lights and fire on it pointed at the sculpture as well as the audience, the video image is projected, large, behind the robot. The fire, will of course, be regulated.

The sensors will be able to trigger 3 movements on the robot as well asthe light, laser light, fire, and sound amplified from the robot. Eventually, the small sculpture will catch fire.

So; audience-barrier-sculpture-robot arm-video screen

I hope this makes sense!?
please see enclosed drawing.

Kal Spelletich


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•November 1, 2013 • 2 Comments



A Class I Am Teaching this summer 2014

Sign on UP!

What is the legacy of making transgressive art? How do you make art subverting the dominant paradigms and survive? Stay out of jail? Not break the law? From the Dadaists to Punk Rock, The Diggers to The San Francisco Cacophony Society—we will cover it all in this class. I will lecture on these topics, give assignments, show videos and images, bring in guest artists, and present first-hand anecdotes on this overlooked special genre of contemporary art. There will be a special emphasis on San Francisco practitioners in the field and the recently released book I am featured in and contributed to, Tales of The San Francisco Cacophony Society.












Stanford LASER of 3 april 2014

Stanford Art Institute, Stanford Office of Science Outreach and Leonardo ISAST invite you to the next Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous, an evening of art and science presentations.

When: 3 april 2014 at 6:45pm

Where: Li Ka Shing Center, Room LK120

* Robert Rich (Composer) on “Slow Music in a Manic World”
* Patricia Burchat (Stanford/ Physics) on “What is the Dark Energy in the Universe?”
* Kal Spelletich (Kinetic Artist) on “Interactive art as a catalyst towards an engaged life”
* Sharon Spain (Curator) on “A Nexus For Art & Environmental Activism: Recology Artist Residency Program”

Details, directions, links at


my frankentree

A new Class I am Teaching;

12 Sessions » Wednesdays, January 29–April 23
(no class March 19)
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 105 several sessions will meet off-site at Kal’s Dogpatch studio | $480

If you know people that might be interested with a 20% off discount, feel free to share the code 7072 with them, which is valid on registrations prior to January 15.

Survive life as an artist with this eclectic, skill-based crash course. You will learn some: installation building, carpentry, home-brewing, guerrilla gardening, electric wiring, robotics, fire-making, fixing things, plumbing, pneumatics, pumps, water purification, high-voltage electricity, video surveillance, electronic interfaces, scavenging for materials, cooking alternatives, solar power, skinning a rabbit, lighting, remote control systems, survivalist contemporary art history, and promoting and exhibiting your art. This class will have local visiting artists. We will incorporate elements of time, process, interactivity, performance, light, space, installation, and video, and we will consider how to realize these practices in a contemporary, conceptual way.

I seem to have a certain critic referencing my class…..

“but it’s also time for grad programs to stress courses in craft and various skills — from blacksmithing to animal tracking,”


I am curating this closing event, it will be real great, this i PROMISE! We will have some very special guests DJing.

Thursday, December 12, 7–10 pm

whiskey pouring machine

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Saturday, November 23, 2013    5:30-7:00 P.M.

Yerba Buena Arts Center

I  will be showing some machines and robots and giving some demonstrations on how and why I build and built them.


Most of my art in 6 minutes and 8 seconds


My career in 1 minute 56 seconds


From a Recent Show at my STUDIO>

mark making with my upside down Gyroscope

gyro on metal


I gave a talk and presentation of my work at UC Berkeley for the Bay Area Science Festival ;

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