Wk 11 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Textiles, Wood, Live Action, Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: kylekruseart.com
Instagram: kyle.kruse

About the Artist

Kyle Kruse is currently a senior attending CSULB, he is in the School of Arts Printmaking Program and was born in Northern California. He has never stayed in a city for over a year and is now currently residing in Long Beach. He plans to pursue his dreams in the UK after graduation and earn an MFA but he is still open to different opportunities.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit gave off a very haunting and dark vibe. The materials he used were rugged textiles, almost like a tarp material. There was dirt on the floor, and a variety of art pieces of different mediums. Three TV’s on a separate wall playing various short films. There were masks that represented physical versions of the woodblock carvings on the walls and they each represented odd creatures that could be found in the film itself. Dim lights outlined each piece and color was very dull.

Content Analysis

When talking to Kruse, he explained that each represent the Greco-Roman characters Prometheus who gave fire to humans and was punished by being chained to a rock, Janus who controls time, space and transitions, and Sisyphus who was punished for cheating death and was punished by continuously having the push a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down on him. The entire exhibit stands for what it named for, which is Janus. We go through our days living life but we don’t realize how we are constantly moving through the Void and going through multiple transitions and how the idea of time and space are intertwined between those transitions.

Synthesis / My Experience

This is by far the most interesting exhibit I’ve experienced by far. I relate so much to the dark and eerie vibe that is given off by this exhibit and I can see the effort put into each individual piece. It is amazing to see how talented one can be so many different forms. I loved how complex the idea behind this exhibit was and it really opened my mind to the deeper things of life and the things we usually aren’t used to thinking about.


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