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

Reviews
“Arabian Chess,” a commentary on the work of Debby and Larry Kline by David Antin, August 2013
"Arabian Chess," a commentary on the work of Debby and Larry Kline by David Antin, August 2013

So the Klines can be regarded as political artists, not in the dismal sense of advocating or lamenting one political policy or another, but of outrageously modeling discrepancies in our understandings of political situations. So they are hilarious political artists in the manner of Aristo-phanes rather than Brecht. But there is another sense in which they are not political artists, or not merely political artists.

http://artfullifebycathy.blogspot.com/, ‘Poke: A Series of Provocations’ by Cathy Breslaw, August 29, 2013
http://artfullifebycathy.blogspot.com/, 'Poke: A Series of Provocations' by Cathy Breslaw, August 29, 2013

When we walk into an exhibition space we don’t expect to see a store with items for sale. Debby and Larry Kline want to mess with us by taking things out of context. They present us with beautifully crafted objects – shiny, cute, funny, odd, kinetic, and nostalgic. Just when they reel us in with lightness and humor, we are hit with the question “Wait a minute, what is all this and what does it mean?”

DISD NEWS, “The Klines Awarded Prestigious San Diego Art Prize,” by Mae Case, May 14, 2013
DISD NEWS, "The Klines Awarded Prestigious San Diego Art Prize," by Mae Case, May 14, 2013

  DISD NEWS -5.14.2013, The Klines Awarded Prestigious San Diego Art Prize Sitting down to interview Design Institute of San Diego instructors and husband/wife artistic duo Larry and Debby Kline is like taking a sneak peek into a brainstorming session of their next art project. It’s a fascinating process, watching them finish each other’s sentences [...]

San Diego Jewish World, “San Diego’s ‘Artists of the Year’ and Tikkun Olam,” by Donald H. Harrison, May 12, 2013.
San Diego Jewish World, "San Diego's 'Artists of the Year' and Tikkun Olam," by Donald H. Harrison, May 12, 2013.

If Rabbi Hillel could summarize all of Torah while standing on one foot with the admonition “That which is hateful to you do not do to others. The rest is commentary” then the Klines were nearly equally concise with their summary of the Ten Commandments. The Klines mused that “Be Nice” could convey the same message as the Ten Commandments yet possibly pass constitutional muster.

San Diego Union Tribune, “SD Art Prize Honors Hubbell, Klines,” April 9, 2013.
San Diego Union Tribune, "SD Art Prize Honors Hubbell, Klines," April 9, 2013.

Artists James Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline are the 2013 winners of the San Diego Art Prize. Presented by the San Diego Visual Arts Network, the prize “spotlights established San Diego artists and emerging artists whose outstanding achievements in the field of visual arts merit recognition.”

La Jolla Light, “San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music and Arts Library,” April 9, 2013
La Jolla Light, "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner helps celebrate 2012 Art Prize winners at La Jolla's Athenaeum Music and Arts Library," April 9, 2013

The San Diego Art Prize, funded by San Diego Visual Arts Network, is an annual award given to two established artists, who in turn, choose an emerging artist for the award. Toward the end of the reception, Patricia Frischer stepped up to congratulate the prizewinners and announce the new recipients for 2013: established artists James Hubbell and Debby and Larry Kline, who will choose their own emerging artists later this year.

La Jolla Light Review – Oct. 11, 2012
La Jolla Light Review - Oct. 11, 2012

  By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt When you were a school-kid, did your parents ever tell you: Don’t play with your food? Debby and Larry Kline started doing just that in art school, back in the 1980s, and it led them into a very successful career. An exhibit of some of the pieces they’ve created extemporaneously [...]

Twisted South Radio Interview, August 23, 2012
Twisted South Radio Interview, August 23, 2012

          Click on the link below to listen to The Klines’ interview on Twisted South Radio, 8/23/2012 TwistedSouthRadioInterview_TheKlines    

San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles Review – August 2012
San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles Review - August 2012

Always looking to expand their arsenal of tools and techniques, the Klines use every opportunity to experiment with art — down to their recent bathroom remodel. But according to Debby, unlike anything they’ve done before, the project wasn’t too difficult. “Once you’ve built a dome in Jerusalem, you can build just about anything.”

www.resonantcity.net REVIEW July 12, 2011
www.resonantcity.net REVIEW July 12, 2011

Debby and Larry Kline at Mission Cultural Center   In You We Trust, the current exhibition at Mission Cultural Center Gallery, showcases the work of Debby and Larry Kline. The Kline’s are based in Escondido, CA and much of their work examines the border relationship between Mexico and United States. They work in a variety [...]

Artbusiness.com, “MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS, June 29, 2011.
 Artbusiness.com, “MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS, June 29, 2011.

In the main gallery, Debby and Larry Kline intrepidly essay on the relationship between Mexico and the United States, but they don’t stop there. US/Middle East policy, military might makes right, and the health care system as big business are all candidates for brutal scrutiny in this cavalcade of social and political commentary.

BOOK: Larry and Debby Kline Featured in THE ARTIST’S GUIDE by Jackie Battenfield (Da Capo Press, 2009)
BOOK: Larry and Debby Kline Featured in THE ARTIST'S GUIDE by Jackie Battenfield (Da Capo Press, 2009)

The Klines featured in “The Artist’s Guide” by Jackie Battenfield, Da Capo Press, 2009

“COFAC Premiers “The Candy Store: Dispensing Truth” – Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley News Journal, Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2009
"COFAC Premiers "The Candy Store: Dispensing Truth" - Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley News Journal, Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2009

I asked the Klines why they chose to exhibit in the Center Tijuana. They said, “The venue at La Casa del Tunel, is an apropos location considering the hordes of US citizens who cross the border to save money on less expensive prescription medications. The added facet of a drug-smuggling tunnel transformed into a cultural venue transformed into a drug store makes the project even more significant, meaningful, timely and edgy.”

Press Release: The Game at Hand Is at Hand and Will Be Hands On (Apr. 28, 2009)
Press Release: The Game at Hand Is at Hand and Will Be Hands On (Apr. 28, 2009)

Debby and Larry Kline are pleased to announce coverage of The Game at Hand in Thursday’s edition of The North County Times (see below.)  The artists will be lecturing on the project on May 16, 2009 at California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido.  Following the artists talk at 1PM visitors will be encouraged to [...]

“Artists Make a Move with Global Chess Game” – North County Times, April 23, 2009
"Artists Make a Move with Global Chess Game" - North County Times, April 23, 2009

As the country geared up to watch U.S. forces invade Afghanistan in 2001, artists Debby and Larry Kline grappled with how to express what they felt [...] the result was “The Game at Hand,” a mixed-media artwork at the center of their joint exhibition at the California Center for the Arts.

Reality Check Interview, The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, by Jackie Battenfield, May 13, 2008.
Reality Check Interview, The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, by Jackie Battenfield, May 13, 2008.

This is an interview with Debby and Larry Kline on May 13, 2008. They belong to Public Address, which is a collective and arts advocacy group based in San Diego, California. They discuss how the collective functions as a support group and its role in promoting artists rights with public art commissioning agencies. J: Larry [...]

Forty Acres Project Published in TransArtists Nieuwsbrief 18, Summer 2007 (The Netherlands)

Artists Debby and Larry Kline are pleased to annouce that the Forty Acres project has been published in TransArtists Nieuwsbrief 18, Summer 2007. “What would provoke anyone to spend time in Wendover, Utah, at the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s (CLUI) residency compound with summer temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius? Artists Debby and Larry Kline know the answer: because it is a life changing experience combining unique terrain and a challenging climate amidst interactions with some of the most innovative artists from around the world. Here’s their story:”

“Show & Tell: Forty Acres But Not ‘Mule’” – San Diego Union Tribune (March 23, 2007)
"Show & Tell: Forty Acres But Not 'Mule'" - San Diego Union Tribune (March 23, 2007)

VISUAL ART: Escondido-based artists Larry and Debby Kline, a husband and wife who work collaboratively, have been creating socially critical projects for much of this decade. [...] Now, in a newer project near Wendover, Utah, titled “Forty Acres,” they are raising the issue of land use. There’s no mule involved, but using what they call an M1 mobility scooter/tank, the Klines “captured 40 acres in the Bonneville Salt Flats and mined salt on land formerly held by the Bureau of Land Management BLM).’

“Forty Acres But Not ‘Mule’” – The San Diego Union-Tribune, Mar. 23, 2007
"Forty Acres But Not 'Mule'" - The San Diego Union-Tribune, Mar. 23, 2007

Visual Art: Escondido-based artists Larry and Debby Kline, a husband and wife who work collaboratively, have been creating socially critical projects for much of this decade. Now, in a newer project near Wendover, Utah, titled “Forty Acres,” they are raising the issue of land use.

The Center for Land Use Interpretation, “Lay of the Land Newsletter (Wendover Report)”, Winter 2007
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, "Lay of the Land Newsletter (Wendover Report)", Winter 2007

The Center for Land Use Interpretation, “Lay of the Land Newsletter (Wendover Report)”, Winter 2007 Wendover Report From the Center’s Complex on the Edge of the Salt Flats 403 Now on view at CLUI Exhibit Hall 1 is an exhibit by Wendover Resident John Brinton Hogan. CLUI photo*Wendover Residence Program* THE 2006 SEASON WAS ANOTHER [...]

Artscape Radio Interview, 10/13/2006
Artscape Radio Interview, 10/13/2006

                          Click on the link below to listen to The Klines’ interview on Artscape Radio, 10/13/2006 ArtscapeRadioCompressed_TheKlines    

“Reviews: West Coast: San Francisco” – Art Papers, March/April 2005
"Reviews: West Coast: San Francisco" - Art Papers, March/April 2005

ART PAPERS    MARCH/APRIL 2005REVIEWS / West Coast: San Francisco Monuments are repositories of collective public narratives more than personal memory triggers. If our interpretations of history and our memories of events differ, monuments nonetheless strangely condense them through accessible representations and public markers. Marking the thirtieth anniversary of SF Camerawork Gallery, Monument Recall: Public Memory [...]

“Hang Up and Listen” – Utne Magazine, January/February 2005
"Hang Up and Listen" - Utne Magazine, January/February 2005

“Hang Up and Listen” Utne January/February 2005 BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG TROUBLE: “In an effort to raise public awareness about the potential dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), artists Larry and Debby Kline placed a series of freestanding fluorescent light bulbs along the power grid in Southern California. According to Orion (Sept./Oct. 2004), ‘the bulbs, whose plasma [...]

“Monument Recall” – Camerawork, Fall/Winter 2004
"Monument Recall" - Camerawork, Fall/Winter 2004

“Monument Recall” in Camerawork, Fall/Winter 2004 MONUMENT RECALL “Debby and Larry Kline work conceptually with the themes of spectacle and monument, harnessing invisible forces to create monuments that are both troubling and compelling. The Electric Fields of California are site-specific fluorescent light installations spanning the state of California. The Klines discovered that the ambient electricity [...]