Larry and Debby Kline artists and provocateurs – installation, performances, and other works

The Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment

The Age of Enlightenment – A large scale installation consisting of a colonnade displaying various themes based on religion and conflict. Each of the eight columns is primarily made using castings from commercially available molds. The juxtaposition and alteration of these molded forms create new meaning and iconography.

My Dinner with the Klines

My Dinner with the Klines

For years, The Klines have engaged in an unusual ritual by making art when dining out. It is one facet of their art that spawned their collaborative ventures. These works capture creativity at its most playful state, resulting in surprisingly complex and impromptu sculptures borne of only the materials at hand.

The Candy Store

The Candy Store

The Candy Store acknowledges the trend toward self-diagnosis and treatment. Due to rising healthcare costs by providing medicinal candy. This starter pack of inconsumable medicinal talismans is a welcome addition to the panoply of healthcare choices and is guaranteed to meet or exceed FDA standards for safety or effectiveness.

Earth Igloo for Jerusalem

Earth Igloo for Jerusalem

    Built atop the Museum on the Seam over the Passover and Easter holidays, Earth Igloo for Jerusalem reflects its surroundings, a dome in a city of domes, and is an ironic mud structure in a future sans ice. The mud is from the region of the Dead Sea, a body of water that [...]

The War Ain't Over Till The Paperwork's Done

The War Ain’t Over Till The Paperwork’s Done

  This work consists of 94 hand-made paper tanks in pentagonal formation. The work alludes to the term “paper tiger,” a phrase used to describe an aggressive yet ineffectual military power. The vision of paper tanks in various states of decay also refers to an internal audit by the Pentagon showing a massive misappropriation of [...]

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, “A Fine Line: Collaborating Couples,” by Pat Launer, July 2016
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, "A Fine Line: Collaborating Couples," by Pat Launer, July 2016

“We deal with serious issues – health, finance, social issues. But we make them a lot more palatable if we first make people laugh. That duality characterizes our work: the beautiful first; then the twisted blade.”

“San Diego Art Institute hosts MASAttack in Balboa Park,” By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, March 30, 2016
"San Diego Art Institute hosts MASAttack in Balboa Park," By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, March 30, 2016

The MAS concept was created by L.A.-based ARTRA Curatorial, and once again, co-founder Max Presneill, Director/Curator of the Torrance Art Museum, was here for the Balboa Park event, which took place at SDAI on March 19. This time, there were 100 artists from Los Angeles and 100 from San Diego, some of them natives of countries all over the world.

SanDiegoStory.com, “Artworks Save Themselves In Central Library Exhibition,” by Kraig Cavanaugh, Feb. 20, 2016
SanDiegoStory.com, “Artworks Save Themselves In Central Library Exhibition,” by Kraig Cavanaugh, Feb. 20, 2016

Both the funny visual play on words and visual spectacle of the Klines’ “The Alchemist and his Junks” installation itself is worth the trip to the Central SDPL Art Gallery to see. The artist couple Jean Lowe and Kim MacConnel each already have widespread international reputations, and the careers of both couples Debby & Larry Kline as a team and Jessica McCambly and John Oliver Lewis as individuals are in light-speed ascension.

The Alchemist and His Junks
The Alchemist and His Junks

The Alchemist and His Junks is a large-scale installation devoted to the living cycle of trash. The main character is both ancient and modern. His garb is based on Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) jade burial suits. Through a contemporary translation, he has become a sleek superhero, emblematic of industry.

Prayer Rug: Be Not Afraid
Prayer Rug: Be Not Afraid

We often begin at opposite sides of the paper, eventually crawling all over each other to see what the other has produced in order to create a response to it. This drawing depicts every sort of natural and man-made disaster that can befall our planet. As the earth splits apart, the viewer can be calmed by deciphering the secret message of hope, delivered in binary code near the bottom center of the image.

“Project Yourself (personal projection device)”
"Project Yourself (personal projection device)"

Appearing a bit like a large 1950’s ray gun, this device projects images onto the chest of the wearer using only an LED flashlight and handmade slides made of architectural foam. The first exhibition of this work provoked a security guard to interrogate us.

SanDiegoStory.com, “The Klines: My Dinner with Yahweh at La Jolla’s JCC,” by Kraig Cavanaugh, May 4, 2015
SanDiegoStory.com, "The Klines: My Dinner with Yahweh at La Jolla’s JCC," by Kraig Cavanaugh, May 4, 2015

Potentially irreverent and provocative but definitely something to see! Now on exhibit in the center’s Gotthelf Gallery is Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith that was curated by the diabolically clever artist husband and wife team Debby and Larry Kline. Spending two-years curating the exhibition, it is a mix of artists and artworks that explore various aspects of religion: from its capitalist complications and implications to its dogmatic altruisms and idiosyncrasies.

La Jolla Light, “Seeing is Believing: Gotthelf Gallery Offers Uncommon Perspectives on Faith,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, April 16, 2015.
La Jolla Light, “Seeing is Believing: Gotthelf Gallery Offers Uncommon Perspectives on Faith,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, April 16, 2015.

Talk about eclectic: Imagine an art exhibit that includes an elegant neo-Gothic cathedral made out of metal crutches, Vatican-approved marble reproductions of the heads of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta figures, fragments of Bible pages turned into Rorschachs, a 3-D “Mother of all Buddhas,” and a penny-filled cross that tells the future (sort of) to anyone who drops in a coin. It’s “Seeing is Believing: A Reinvention of Articles of Faith,” on view at the Lawrence Family JCC’s Gotthelf Gallery. Curated by Debby and Larry Kline, prizewinning artist-provocateurs who love to turn convention upside-down and get people talking.

San Diego Jewish World, “Art exhibit puts new spin on religious objects,” By Donald H. Harrison, March 12, 2015.
San Diego Jewish World, “Art exhibit puts new spin on religious objects,”  By Donald H. Harrison, March 12, 2015.

Curators Larry and Debby Kline have pulled together a multi-religious, multi-media exhibition in which religious symbols are conflated with symbols from other human arenas to produce an exhibition which may inspire some, anger others, but get everyone to think.