Hello All! We are The Klines, a husband and wife collaborative team, and are seeking funding to produce a limited edition publication, My Dinner with The Klines. This project began while we were in art school, using eating utensils, napkins, wrappers and other disposables to create sculptures while dining at restaurants. Made spontaneously, they were initially left on the table to be scrapped by the wait staff. We recently began documenting these personal and private collaborations, which have become increasingly complex. The photographic documentation has grown to include videos accompanied by our very own musical creations. We create these videos using stop motion animation, puppetry, wind power, and any other cinematic trickery that enters our crazy little minds. Our book will include photos, descriptions of the meals and a DVD of the dinner videos. The project debuted at the California Center for the Arts Museum and will be featured in a solo exhibition at The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California in September of 2012.
These impromptu sculptures are both playful and complex, made using only materials at hand by altering, repurposing and recontextualizing the items on the table. We work without preconception and bring no tools or adhesives to the process. After more than a decade of collaboration, we bounce ideas back and forth so freely that the sculptures sometimes emerge without discussion. One of us will create something of visual interest and the other will add to or alter it, starting a cascade of cooperative responses as the sculptures emerge and transform over the course of the meal. These works become public art at the moment of creation, drawing in other diners and wait staff who sneak furtive glances at our odd behavior as the sculptures take shape. By the end of the meal these observers sometimes become participants, offering materials to assist and enrich the emerging work. The walls of a museum or gallery disappear, allowing people not only to see art but to witness the creative and collaborative process firsthand. We have a history of creating work that focuses on issues of social justice, so it is no surprise that many of the sculptures take on specific meanings aside from being reflections on a disposable society.
How can you help? Your generous assistance will help us to fabricate the book and video, and keep this project moving and on schedule. We have purposely placed a low financial goal for this project, but realistically we will need about $5000 to cover the full cost of fabrication, so we sincerely hope that our project will be overfunded. If you enjoy our work, please give generously and note that we have some very cool premiums for those who do, including original artwork, discounted early pressings of the artist signed limited edition book, and an opportunity to join us for dinner. We are very excited about My Dinner with The Klines and we thank you all in advance for your generosity and love….
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