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

Projects and Works
Mining a Museum: Finding Hierarchies
Mining a Museum: Finding Hierarchies

We are riffing on the scientific work of Saket Navlakha (Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology Laboratory at Salk Institute) who uses algorithms to study similarities between biological and engineered networks. One of his areas of study addresses the ambulation of bacteria as well as traffic patterns formed by humans as they travel. Inspired by this work, we decided to create our own experiment by tracking museum visitors as they confront different art genres (eg. Painting, sculpture or digital works) within this exhibition.

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.

Think Tank
Think Tank

Think Tank is a room sized installation designed as a “vehicle” to share the experiences of those who have served in the military. The tank itself is a quarter scale model of an M1 tank made of paper-backed acid free foam core, which is screwed and bolted together. We have gathered stories from soldiers and their family and friends and transcribed them into text and cartoons, which sprawl across the surface of the tank.

The Post-Apocalyptic Coffee House
The Post-Apocalyptic Coffee House

The Post-Apocalyptic Coffee House is a multimedia installation and project launched at Torrance Art Museum’s Exhibition, “Prep School – Apocalyptic Visions and Survival Scenarios.” Think of it as the last coffee house on earth, a sandbag structure that provides a safe space to sit, drink a cup of coffee, and contemplate the end of the world.

Call and Response and Response
Call and Response and Response

Call and Response and Response is a project that investigates our collaboration by isolating our individual contributions.  It is also the first in which our collaboration is the dominant subject matter of the artwork.  Each work consists of the CALL statement, and 2 RESPONSE drawings. The “CALL” occurs when one of The Klines asks the [...]

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 Great Passover Purchase (The New Maxwell House Haggadah)
The Great Passover Purchase (The New Maxwell House Haggadah)

Larry grew up (as have many Jewish Americans) using the Maxwell House Passover Haggadah. This publication was actually used to reinvent coffee as a kosher food in order to boost coffee sales at holiday time. Joseph Jacobs, the owner of Maxwell House brand, hired an Orthodox rabbi [...]

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

This work consists of 95 hand-made paper tanks in pentagonal formation. The work alludes to the “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 a recent disclosure of massive misappropriation of taxpayer funds as documented in the Pentagon’s publication of “Internal Controls Over Payments Made in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt.”

PEACES
PEACES

PEACES documents the creation and destruction of peace in 3 minutes and 32 seconds.  The accompanying video shows the artists carving a granite slab and the performance culminates in the stone’s destruction. It is a metaphor for the effort involved in peacemaking and the fragility of that peace, but we were also surprised by the [...]

Toxic Cocktails
Toxic Cocktails

Toxic Cocktails Ceramic angel swizzle sticks Toxic Cocktails is comprised of dozens of bone-like bisque ceramic angel-topped swizzle sticks assembled in the form of a human skeleton, resembling an archaeological or forensic study. Each angel has been inscribed with the name of one of twenty-two medications, selected by the artists at random, that have been [...]

Passages: Luminarias and Tears, for La Casa del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico
Passages: Luminarias and Tears, for La Casa del Tunel, Tijuana, Mexico

Since La Casa Del Tunel was once a smuggling tunnel, we chose to honor the memory of those who either died trying to cross the border or made the crossing but lost contact with family in Mexico. These luminaries are in keeping with Mexican tradition and candles may be lit in memory of loved ones.

Welcome Mats
Welcome Mats

Welcome Mats Plastic, paint La Casa Del Tunel (Tijuana, B.C.) once housed the entrance to a smuggling tunnel and is directly across the street from a now defunct hotel still remembered through music and folklore as a hub for human smuggling.  The tunnel, located in the lower level of the La Casa, was filled with [...]

California Redemption Machine
California Redemption Machine

California Redemption Machine Gumball vending Machine, ceramic and glazes The California Redemption Machine is both a play on the ‘redemption value’ associated with recycling and the search for personal value and purpose.  Each gumball features a religious symbol from various parts of the world and historical time frames.  More arcane symbols of ancient Egypt and [...]

Forty Acres
Forty Acres

The Klines captured forty acres on the Bonneville Salt Flats using GPS and Bare Bones (their M1 mobility scooter/tank), and subsequently mined salt on the land formerly held by the BLM. The work responds to the vast mining operations which dominate the landscape in this region. Forty Acres was created during a residency at The Center for Land Use Interpretation’s facilities at Wendover, Utah.

The Electric Fields of California
The Electric Fields of California

The Electric Fields of California is a series of installations that deal with health and environmental concerns surrounding electrical transmission and bring a new perspective to the western landscape. The piece consists of a series of outdoor light sculptures, using ambient electrical fields beneath electrical power lines to illuminate fluorescent light bulbs.

The Game at Hand
The Game at Hand

The Game at Hand addresses America’s current global conflicts, and is a poignant commentary on US involvement in both hot and cold wars in the Middle East. At a distance, this piece appears to be simply a beautifully hand-made chess set. Closer inspection of the set, however, reveals the futility of this game.

Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security
Periscopic Tree for Homeland Security

The Klines captured forty acres on the Bonneville Salt Flats using GPS and Bare Bones (their M1 mobility scooter/tank), and subsequently mined salt on the land formerly held by the BLM. The work responds to the vast mining operations which dominate the landscape in this region. Forty Acres was created during a residency at The Center for Land Use Interpretation’s facilities at Wendover, Utah.

Maquette for Memorial for a Perilous Journey: Running to Racism
Maquette for Memorial for a Perilous Journey: Running to Racism

The figures in this piece are appropriated from California highway signage intended to indicate the crossing of undocumented immigrants, and are caricatures of a Mexican family. The final version of this piece is intended to be floated down the Tijuana River to the Pacific Ocean to be sailed Northward and placed on land as a monument to those who have perished in the crossing.

A Democratic Challenge to the Republic or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Vote, 2001
A Democratic Challenge to the Republic or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Vote, 2001

To produce this piece, the artists attempted to auction their Presidential votes on eBay for the 2000 General Election. The auction was in protest of massive corporate and private contributions to political campaigns, and the resulting conflicts of interest that render democratic ideals impotent.