Wk 11- Artist Conversation -Kyle Kruse

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Wood-Carving, Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marylin Werby Gallery
Website: kylekruseart.com
Instagram: kyle.kruse

About the Artist
Kyle Kruse is an undergraduate student from the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Kyle hopes to continue to pursue his academic career by attending graduate school, perhaps attend Yale and The School of Visual Arts of New York. Kyle’s interest in art developed in his childhood days, igniting his passion for art making things out of objects he found lying around. A major influence on Kyle’s journey in art has come from his parents who have helped him discover an interest in sculpture and drawing. In his free time, Kyle enjoys rock climbing and photographing the outdoors.

Formal Analysis
Kyle’s exhibition consisted of a schematic set-up of his pieces. His intricate wood- carved pieces lay behind his crafted masks, which sat on pedestals. A strategically dim-lighted room created the atmosphere of a dark cave. With dirt scattered on the ground, the exhibition took on a mysterious environment. Three television screens on the opposite side of the room were playing three different scenarios: a ceremonial scene, a fire-pit, and a scene of a person with the mask on exploring the outdoors.

Content Analysis
Kyle’s exhibition Janus Maxim is inspired greatly by a mythological background involving Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Kyle’s inspiration was driven from his investigation of psychological theories. Kyle’s intent is to allow his audience to discover how our perception defies us a lot. An idea of a void is what greatly contributes to this misinterpretation, a void filled with reality, memory, and a constant mix between the two. The overall goal of Kyle’s exhibition is to understand this idea to apply to our understanding of what we believe in the world.

Synthesis/ My Experience
My experience with the exhibition was a bit confusing and scary at first, but I feel that was part of the experience. I was intrigued by the masks, they had some intricate work that reminded me of American Horror Story, a show where some antagonists wear evil-looking masks. After hearing Kyle’s explanation for his exhibition, it helped me understand the story going on a little more. I feel like this made me think a lot about things I perceive on a daily basis. Overall, Kyle’s exhibition was an interesting piece that was unique compared to the art I have been exposed to in the past couple of months.



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