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

Igloo Inversions for the Salton Sea
Igloo Inversions for the Salton Sea

We were recently awarded the Calzona Prize in a ceremony at UCSD. The award includes the deed to a plot of land in the desert on the border of California and Arizona, which we will use to create art and turn the land into a way-station for travelers. The artwork will be a series of earthworks that relate to the formation of the Salton Sea. This project should take about a year to complete and will be a sister piece to Earth Igloo for Jerusalem, a piece we created for an exhibition at Museum on the Seam.

San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, “A Fine Line: The Force of Fields,” by Ramin Skibba, June 2017.
San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, "A Fine Line: The Force of Fields," by Ramin Skibba,  June 2017.

Artists collaborated with scientists from the Salk Institute for works to be included in the exhibition titled Extra-Ordinary Collusions at San Diego Art Institute. Debby and Larry Kline learn[ed] about plant symmetry and fractals from Saket Navlakha.

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.

Picked RAW Peeled, “Reuse Recreate Reimagine, Second Time Around at CCAE,” by Patricia Frischer, May 9, 2017.
Picked RAW Peeled, "Reuse Recreate Reimagine, Second Time Around at CCAE," by Patricia Frischer, May 9, 2017.

We understand Larry and Debby Kline stepped in when a curator dropped out for the Reuse Recreate Reimagine and they did a stunning job of pulling together an exciting group of artists in this museum level exhibition.

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.