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

La Jolla Light, “Recycled art exhibits shine at California Center for the Arts,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, May 1, 2017
La Jolla Light, “Recycled art exhibits shine at California Center for the Arts,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, May 1, 2017

Curator of the 3Rs exhibition is Debby Kline — half of a dynamic art duo with her husband, Larry — who was called in to organize the show at the 11th hour, when the previous curator suddenly departed. No stranger to the museum, Debby had worked there in the mid-1990s, even doing a stint as Interim Director. Besides working on the new Alchemist installation and teaching art at Design Institute and UCSD Medical School, Debby managed to step into the curator’s role and assemble an eye-popping show in record time.

The Artist’s Odyssey, “Artists and Provocateurs Debby and Larry Kline,” by Barbarella Fokos, March 30, 2017.
 The Artist’s Odyssey, “Artists and Provocateurs Debby and Larry Kline,” by Barbarella Fokos, March 30, 2017.

We created “Cacophony and Utterances,” a participatory poem in two parts based on the artist’s own works. The first reading took place in the Getty Center theater, with hundreds of participants each reading one of five of David’s poems simultaneously. Through his words, a cacophonous wall of sound filled the theater.

Voice of San Diego, “The Most Memorable Acts of Protest Art at the Border,” by Kinsee Morlan, February 26, 2017.
Voice of San Diego, “The Most Memorable Acts of Protest Art at the Border,” by Kinsee Morlan, February 26, 2017.

There’s been an uptick in art projects happening at the border now that President Donald Trump is in office. With so much attention on the border, it’s worth taking a quick look at some of the art that’s attempted to tackle the prickly issues surrounding it. Here are 20 instances of gutsy, controversial art that has explored the border.

La Jolla Light, “David Antin’s Words Live On: Hundreds pay tribute to local poet at The Getty Center,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, Feb. 17, 2017.
La Jolla Light, “David Antin's Words Live On: Hundreds pay tribute to local poet at The Getty Center,” by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, Feb. 17, 2017.

Artists Debby and Larry Kline called for audience participation in “Cacophony,” asking everyone to read out loud, and at the same time, a poem of Antin’s folded inside their programs. Each piece was different, and the blend of voices created a grand orchestration of his work.

Modern Luxury, “7 Top Art Influencers,” by Angela Ashman, December 1, 2016
Modern Luxury, “7 Top Art Influencers,” by Angela Ashman, December 1, 2016

Continually engaged artists are Debby and Larry Kline, who find constant ways to impress and nurture the arts here, and Marcos Ramírez ERRE, who, since his first inSite participation in 1994, has astounded the art world with his historic and political approaches.

San Diego Downtown News, “Loving literature: Balboa Park organizations pay homage to author Roald Dahl,” By Dave Fidlin, Sept. 2, 2016
San Diego Downtown News, “Loving literature: Balboa Park organizations pay homage to author Roald Dahl,” By Dave Fidlin, Sept. 2, 2016

Murphy has commissioned two San Diego-based artists to create designs for the two Dahl stories being performed for the StoryBox program. Samantha Jean Wilson has created artwork for “The Enormous Crocodile,” while Debby Kline and Larry Kline have assembled imagery for “The Magic Finger.”

El Mexicano, “Rumbo a Happening EN EL VALLE,” by Josue Israel P. Camacho, Sept. 2016
El Mexicano, "Rumbo a Happening EN EL VALLE," by Josue Israel P. Camacho, Sept. 2016

El Mexicano, Coverage of The Kline’s Installation at Happening en el Valle, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, September 2016

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.”

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