In You We Trust presents a series of installations by artist couple, Debby and Larry Kline, who deftly jockey the (conceptual) borders that inextricably link the U.S. and Mexico. Their projects explore diverse themes such as religion-based rivalries, California- Mexico relations, the U.S. role in global conflicts, and the nature of creative thinking.
Game at Hand, for example, is a piece presented as a beautifully hand-crafted chess set. Upon closer inspection, however, the futility of the game is revealed. The result is a poignant commentary on US involvement in both hot and cold wars in the Middle East. Similarly, The Candy Store uses trinkets and stylized pharmaceuticals to deliver an incisive critique of the medical insurance industry and its hold over access to affordable health care.
Debby and Larry Kline met in the 1980’s while attending John Herron School of Art; Indiana University, where both artists earned their BFAs. Larry completed his MFA studying under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan at The Maryland Institute, School of Art.
Both artists have significant individual exhibition histories as well as extensive backgrounds in museum work which include The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Chicago Art Institute; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the California Center for the Arts. The artists have lectured on various aspects of the arts and have initiated an artist’s think tank, which fostered a more vibrant art community in southern California. Debby was acting Museum Director of the California Center for the Arts. Currently residing on the Advisory Board, she was the President of COVA (Combined Organizations for the Visual Arts) for three years. The Klines curate exhibitions and are published writers.