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

San Diego City Beat, “Eight Cool Things to Experience at Art San Diego,” by Kinsee Morlan, Nov. 6, 2013

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San Diego City Beat, 11-06-2013 » Page 20

IT´S HAPPENING AT THE FAIR

 

Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair (artsandiego2013.com) is back for its fifth year, and its second at the Balboa Park Activity Center.

From Friday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 10, the 38,000-square-foot space will be filled with work by dozens of artists, from as near as here and as far away as Perth, Australia. Tickets (good for all three days) are $15 in advance, $20 online, and below are a bunch of reasons to grab one and go:

Eight cool things to experience at Art San Diego

Debby and Larry Kline

Booths 5, 34, 36

Pick up the Art San Diego schedule this year and you’ll see the names Debby and Larry Kline so many times, you might think there’s been some sort of mistake. The married couple, who collaborate on their multimedia conceptual- and performance-art projects, will have work featured in two exhibitor booths—Beyond the Border Gallery and the San Diego Art Prize space—they’ll be doing multiple performances, giving a talk and leading tours through the fair as roving docents. The ubiquity of the Klines is a good thing, giving visitors a chance to get a grasp on the depth, diversity and myriad political provocations of their work. At Beyond the Border Gallery’s space, for instance, they’ll set up “The Candy Store,” an interactive performance piece that’ll turn the booth into a literal shop selling small ceramics and other art pieces made with trace amounts of commercial drugs. The installation comments on society’s tendency to self-diagnose, over-prescribe and otherwise abuse pharmaceuticals and is a fun-but-challenging conceptual piece perfect for the art-fair setting, where sometimes you’ll find art that was created solely to make money and match your couch.

—Kinsee Morlan

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