An evening with Kal Spelletich
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

in conversation with Catharine Clark

discussing his new project

Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots

'Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots' is an exhibit of work by Kal Spelletich at St. Mary's College Museum of Art through December 2019 that includes life size praying robots, photos, sound machines, drawings, videos and interactive sculptures which explore the question: can technology do spiritual work? Via audience operated robots that are meditative and violent, Spelletich's work enacts a liberated awareness and pushes his audience to a creative response to in their own lives.

City Lights celebrates the release of the catalog for this show. The catalog is enshrined inside a unique artifact produced in a limited edition. The artifact is composed of a suitcase shell that contains a mechanized spinning stone Buddha, LED lights, sound recording of spiritual music, a speaker, laser cut text on acrylic, caliper measuring tool, assorted photos, drawings and prints, a thumb drive with videos photos and texts, pen, paper, laser cut marble, folded sculpture, monograph, and whiskey. The catalogue was organized by Saint Mary's College Museum of Art curator, April Bojorquez, with a forward by Lauren MacDonald, and an interview by Catherine Clarke that provide perspectives on the work and the artist in relation to contemporary art and technology issues.

Kal Spelletich builds interactive machines and robots. He scours the world for industrial items in which the technology can be repurposed. Spelletich has collaborated with artists all over the world though his home base is in San Francisco. Kal works with bio-morphic sensors, (sometimes uncontrollable) that trigger his robots and provide viewers with a hands-on interactive experience. His work mines the space between what robots and humans can and cannot do. Recent exhibits of his work have been held in Namibia, Lubjianna, Berlin, Vienna, New York, India, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. A monographic exhibit of his work will be presented at Saint Mary's College in August 2019. Spelletich’s practice is across genres and his work extends to curating exhibits and activism. His projects have been featured in the NY Times, PBS, and in other critical journals and media. 

Catharine Clark is the founder of the Catharine Clark Gallery, established in 1991. The internationally acclaimed gallery exhibits contemporary art in all disciplines. In response to each exhibition, they also curate changing presentations of video and time-based genres within a dedicated media room. New exhibits open every six weeks. Catharine Clark Gallery serves as the primary dealer for an acclaimed roster of international artists: Sandow Birk, Lenka Clayton, Chris Doyle, Al Farrow, Nina Katchadourian, Kara Maria, Deborah Oropallo, Stephanie Syjuco, Josephine Taylor, Masami Teraoka, and Wanxin Zhang. In 2016, Catharine Clark founded BOX BLUR, an initiative to bring visual and performing art into dialogue within the non-proscenium-based space of the gallery. To learn more visit: https://cclarkgallery.com