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

Projects and Works
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.

BE NICE
BE NICE

The BE NICE project has developed as a response to the controversy surrounding the removal of the ten commandments from the rotunda of the Supreme Court of Montgomery, Alabama in 2004. The artists intend to seek permission to install an edition of this sculpture in several courthouses around the nation. The pieces will be installed at the discretion of the participating institutions, featuring either the tablets alone or the tablets accompanied by a security camera and a video monitor, a reminder to viewers that they are being watched.

Maquette for Soledad Solution
Maquette for Soledad Solution

Soledad Solution addresses the well-publicized issues surrounding the use of public land for religious displays, specifically in San Diego county, by transforming the significance of the symbol of the cross. The artists plan to lease the land surrounding one of the city’s prominently-displayed crosses in order to create this installation.

Magic Wand for Lost Causes
Magic Wand for Lost Causes

Magic Wand for Lost Causes The gold portion of this piece is a United States navy issue radar reflector from 1945.  It was to be affixed to a one-man life raft for the purpose of locating a soldier lost at sea.  It seemed to us a fairly remote possibility of finding someone via radar with [...]