Week #11- Artist Conversation- Kyle Kruse

Exhibition information 

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Paint, Mixed-Media, Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

email: KyleKruse.com

website: N/A

instagram: Kyle.Kruse

About the Artist:

Kyle Kruse, is a transfer student who is working hard toward BFA undergrad degree in the school of Art’s print making. He is currently a California State University of Long Beach Student. He grew up in Long Beach. He did rock climbing and love to drive cars. He mentioned that he grew up in a print collect family. First he came to college as a physic major and then he decides to make things that how he ended up in BFA undergrad in the school of Art’s print making.

Formal Analysis: 

Kyle Kruse, creation of, Janus Maxim, has three major sets of films, sculptures, and woodblock carvings dissect and reconfigure the Greco-Roman teaching myths of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus Cyclical figures-elucidate cycles of human progress. It was amazing to learn about the myths. He talked about the three myths, first the Prometheus, forever chained circles of consumption for providing humanity with fire, and the resulting birth of civilization. Sisyphus, forever climbing his hill in the fires of Tartarus for trying to cheat death and prior to that breaking his society’s social contracts. Lastly, Janus in the center of the god of beginnings, endings, gateways and transitions. Janus is representative of the center, transition, and the opposites at each end, the maintenance of these cycles from the void. He also shared that what he calls the void is the viewer exists in multiple point and states throughout time, life of the absence of either.

Content Analysis: 

This man’s project is about questioning ourselves what is actually teaching us? He mentioned that at a point that there is human and other point is an animal. There’s a lot of concept when you look at the art. He also shared that he saw something and feel that way and wonder why and that is how he wants his exhibition. He wants to share that feeling out and created this amazing art. The filming that is part of his exhibition took couples of month and traveling around to look for a place to film. When we ask where did he filmed? He said that he wants the audience to imagine it on our own, “location is in your own head?” Editing was the easiest and it several months. When you enter the exhibit, when I walk on the floor, I can feel the dirt and when you step on it, I can hear how crunchy it is. He said the represent stepping on bone stepping and turning to ashes. The fire represents the fire consumes the body and it returns to sand. Also the new is free to rise and burn again. 

Synthesis/My Experience:

When I entering the exhibit, I was scared because it was dark. To me, it represents heal with a lot weird mask that the artist made. From watching the video, the artist wants us to see that he out there doing something and I am not sure what he was doing. I did not get to interviewed him much because I was not sure or understand what he was talking about. Also, the artist wants us to interpret his art on our own. I was amazed on some of the art work that he put pieces together. I inspired the artist that he was able to create a great project that can be related to each and individual of us. This shows that art can be create from own thoughts and feeling. I got to learn news thing like the myths and the names of these myths.



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