Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Sculpting, Wood, Film
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
This week’s visit to the art galleries, I had the pleasure of meeting the artist Kyle Kruse. He is currently an undergraduate student at CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Growing up he moved a lot, he stated of not staying in the same place for more than a year. He currently has been in Long Beach for 6 years, and has plans of moving after graduating from school.
Kyle’s exhibit consisted of many things including mask sculptures, wooden engravings and films. The exhibit is very dark as there is a black curtain before walking in. The light is very dim, makes hard to see certain things. There is dirt/mud all over the floor which you are able to feel once you walk in. There are three stands with a wooden mask is sitting on top of a stand. Then there are three wooden engravings on the wall behind the masks. On the other end of the exhibit is where there is a screen that is playing the film.
The exhibit is based on Greek mythology, where each head represents Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Each piece is a representation of the character’s stories and what these characters have done. The large space between the wooden pieces and the film is a representation of void, the void we all stand in. He stated that the experience you get from the exhibit varies by the viewer and how they grew up and what they have encountered.
The way he had the exhibit set up and the details on his sculptures were amazing. The pieces are well done and I enjoyed the craftsmanship. The feeling of scary and creepy you get when you walk in was perfect and he was able to execute this good. When it comes to the overall meaning behind the exhibit was not really good to me. I did not understand it that much and I think I’m not that big of a fan of Greek methodology to understand it.