Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Sculpture, film, print making
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist:
Kyle is a senior at CSULB in the Print Making BFA program and this art show was his senior project. It took him 10 months to complete and he had already graduated but came back for this exhibition. He plans on going to grad school and has a couple schools in mind like Yale and Visual Art of New York. Kyle is from a family of immigrants and has been moving from place to place his whole life. Long Beach is the first city where he has lived for longer than a year but hopes to move soon. Some of his hobbies include rock climbing and capturing photos in the wilderness, which I think is awesome.
I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into this exhibition because of the black curtains covering the entrance making it dark. There was also dirt scattered all over the floor which was something I have not seen before. There were three screens that were playing videos and also three masks that that were on top of podiums. There were also three wood craving that were extremely detailed. This exhibit gives you an uneasy feeling and you don’t know what to focus on but that is one of the reason why I liked it so much.
Kyles work comes from inspiration of research he has done. He chose to have this exhibition relate to Greek mythology. There were three sets of everything, films,sculptures and woodblock cravings which represented the Roman myths of Prometheus, Janus and Sisyphus. He didn’t target a specific audience he wanted this exhibition to be for everyone and wanted everyone to feel some type of way while walking through it. I think he definitely accomplished that. The dirt on the floor was placed there to appeal to the audience senses. these different factors is what was so intriguing about it because you do not know exactly what to feel or think.
My experience/ Synthesis
This exhibition has been one of my favorite. I feel like the artist captured exactly what he was going for. Walking into the room I felt a little creeped out and I just didn’t know what to think. The dirt, the sound of the videos, the dark room, the masks, everything played a role in the uncertainness I felt. I felt like this exhibit had a lot of meaning to it and I love how his work is based off of research. The detail on the masks was amazing and it makes me understand why this exhibit took 10 months to finish.