Recognized primarily as a sculptor and a writer, Dion Kliner also creates intimately scaled works on paper. Texts for Nothing – One is one of a series of thirteen drawings inspired by Samuel Becket’s thirteen short prose pieces in his book Stories and Texts for Nothing, published in 1967. Kliner’s drawings were produced letter by letter in a laborious rewriting of each one of the texts in its entirety. The original content remains, but has been pulverized through a random distribution of its letters over the paper. Far from being permanent formations, Kliner sees the drawings as short term agglomerations of possibility, which at any moment could crumble back to their original state or reconfigure into something entirely new.
Kliner was born in Los Angeles, California. After attending the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and East Texas State University he moved to New York City where he worked as a sculptor and writer. In 2003 Kliner relocated with his family to Vancouver. Kliner’s sculptures and drawings have been shown throughout North America, including solo exhibitions at Saint Thomas University (Fredericton) and East Texas State University Gallery (Commerce, Texas). He has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including those at Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver), Gallery Jones (Vancouver) and Vancouver Art Gallery. Kliner was awarded the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2014.
Agias the Arcadian+Proxenus the Boeotian | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Clearchus the Spartan | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Foot and Leg | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Four Legs | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Hear (Helmet 1) | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Head (Scagliola 1) | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Head With Wings | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Head (Imaginary Portrait) | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Head for Edwin Parker | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Menon the Thessalian | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
Socrates the Achaean | Paster & Mix Materials | 2020
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Sculpture, Yellow Box Gallery, Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.
Entropic State, Zack Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
Meaningless Objects, Vancouver Community Arts Council, Vancouver, BC.
Meaningless Objects, East Texas State University Gallery, Commerce, TX.
All Roads Lead, East Texas State University Gallery, Commerce, TX.
Dion Kliner: Paintings, Issac’s Gallery, Be’er Sheva, Israel.
Imaginary Portraits, Canton-Sardine, Vancouver, BC.
Go Figure, CityScape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC.
Pierre Coupey | Rock Pool + Dion Kliner | Selected Sculpture, Vancouver, BC.
The Mislooked, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC.
Enough Is As Good As A Feast, Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC.
Unreal, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
SCOPE Alternative, Trans-ient Art Space, East Hampton, NY.
The Spaces In Between, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY.
Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC.
Tendencies of Self-Containment, Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NY.
Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, NY.
The Armory Show, New York, NY.
The Pierogi Flatfiles, Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Time Machine: Sculpture in the 20th Century, The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB.
2000The Pierogi Flatfiles, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Haulin’ Ass, Pierogi in LA, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Pierogi 2000: The Flatfiles, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA.
Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum of Art New York, New York, NY. Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
Pierogi 2000, New York: The Flatfiles, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria.
The Flatfiles, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, NY. Pierogi Goes to College, Bard College, Rheinbeck, New York, NY.
Summer Invitational, Steffany Martz Gallery, New York, NY.
Dion Kliner and Darcy Mann, Synagogue for the Arts, New York, NY.
New York Drawers, The Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles, Gasworks, London, England.
New York Drawers, The Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England.
Sculpture and Painting, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY.
Mysticism in Jewish Art, Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC.
Sculpture at 72 Berry, 72 Berry, Brooklyn, NY.
Ward’s Island Outdoor Sculpture 1993, Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward’s Island, NY.
Fourth International Shoe Box Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HA.
S’no Show, Idee Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Drawing Conclusions, Southwest Texas University Gallery, San Marcos, TX.
Third International Shoe Box Sculpture Exhibition, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HA.
Texas Graduates, Sixth Texas Sculpture Symposium, blue collar gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Et Hominum Esse Memento, East Texas State University Gallery, Commerce, TX.
The Louisiana Festival of the Arts, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA.
Ecphore, The Alternative Arts Society, Halifax, NS.
Point Gray Secondary School, Vancouver, BC.
City of Halifax, NS.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The Canada Council Art Bank.
Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.
Artist-in-Residence, Israeli Center for the Creative Arts (HILAI), Mitzpe Ramon, Israel.
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
MFA, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX.
BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS.