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

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VoyageLA, “Art & Life with Larry and Debby Kline,” Jan. 21, 2019.
VoyageLA, “Art & Life with Larry and Debby Kline,” Jan. 21, 2019.

We create everything from large installations to micro-drawings. The materials that we use are always dictated by the idea, so our media ranges from the traditional like graphite, clay and paint to the unusual, such as fluorescent light bulbs, mud from the Dead Sea, ketchup and salt. Much of our work is a reflection on politics and social justice.

La Jolla Light,”20 artists reveal their beliefs in potent exhibit at Balboa Park,” By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, October 15, 2018.
La Jolla Light,"20 artists reveal their beliefs in potent exhibit at Balboa Park," By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, October 15, 2018.

The myth-master is Eleanor Antin, one of the founding members of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts Department, and an internationally-admired artist, or as the Klines put it: “an artist of the world.” Shown here is one of the pieces from her “Roman Allegories,” a series of large-scale photos staged in Del Mar and La Jolla that re-envision the last days of an ancient civilization remarkably similar to ours.

San Diego Union Tribune, “Beliz Iristay finds that in America, ‘the artist part of me has really flourished,’” by Martina Schimitschek, September 16, 2018
San Diego Union Tribune, “Beliz Iristay finds that in America, 'the artist part of me has really flourished,'” by Martina Schimitschek, September 16, 2018

After the failed military coup of 2016 in Turkey, Iristay designed 55 rehals (the x-shaped bookrests for the Quran) and filled them with small minarets. Titled “Oku | Read,” the rehals are covered with military cards used by soldiers to keep track of their service days. The translucent cast-resin minarets are in jumbled disarray. The piece, part of the San Diego Art Institute’s exhibition “Beyond the Age of Reason,” warns of ignorance.

Smithsonian Magazine, “The Dispossessed,” by Anna Diamond, July 2018.
Smithsonian Magazine, “The Dispossessed,” by Anna Diamond, July 2018.

Although this article was not specifically written about “Beyond the Age of Reason,” Smithsonian’s feature article on Wayne Martin Belger and his “Us and Them” project was published just days before our exhibition opened. Since the “Beyond the Age of Reason,” exhibition is the first time that “Us and Them” has been publicly exhibited, we felt it important to include the article here. To read the complete story, please visit SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, “The Dispossessed,” by Anna Diamond, July 2018.

“Beyond the Age of Reason,” at San Diego Art Institute, curated by Debby and Larry Kline
"Beyond the Age of Reason," at San Diego Art Institute, curated by Debby and Larry Kline

San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park Presents: Beyond the Age of Reason
Dates: September 1–October 31, 2018
Member Reception: Saturday, September 15 from 5pm-6pm
Public Reception: Saturday, September 15 from 6pm-8pm
The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-5pm, Wednesday 10am-8pm,
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm

NO LONGER HIDDEN! DesEscondido BEGINS! & OH MY GODS! BEYOND THE AGE OF REASON CONTINUES!
NO LONGER HIDDEN!  DesEscondido  BEGINS!  &  OH MY GODS!  BEYOND THE AGE OF REASON  CONTINUES!

Simultaneous exhibitions at San Diego Art Institute and California Center for the Arts Museum!

We will be showing our “Post-Apocalyptic Coffeehouse” as well as thirty-nine drawings from our latest series, “Tiny Revolutions,” which have never been seen in San Diego at California Center for the Arts Museum. These tiny “acts of defiance” are hand-drawn graphite images ranging in size from ½” x ½” to 2 ½” x 2 ½.”

Beyond the Age of Reason continues at San Diego Art Institute featuring works by 20 artists including Eleanor Antin, Wayne Martin Belger, Michelangelo Buonarroti, de la Torre Brothers, Ruben Ochoa and Erika Rothenberg. Curated by Debby and Larry Kline.

Tiny Revolutions
Tiny Revolutions

We have decided to create an “act of defiance” each day in the form of Tiny Revolutions, very small hand-drawn graphite images ranging in size from ½” x ½” to 2 ½” x 2 ½.” Their size is dictated by the possibility that a day may come when Americans cannot freely voice dissent.

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.”

Artbusiness.com, “MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS, June 29, 2011.
 Artbusiness.com, “MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS, June 29, 2011.

In the main gallery, Debby and Larry Kline intrepidly essay on the relationship between Mexico and the United States, but they don’t stop there. US/Middle East policy, military might makes right, and the health care system as big business are all candidates for brutal scrutiny in this cavalcade of social and political commentary.