Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibit: Janus Maxim
Media: wood, fibers, video, installation
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Kyle Kruse is a senior at CSULB. He is currently working on obtaining his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Print Making and has plans to enroll in a graduate program in a future time. Some of his hobbies include playing guitar, rock climbing and film making. Kyle K. claims that all of his hobbies and interests revolve around his artwork. In total, Kyle’s exhibit took approximately ten months to complete.
The exhibit is composed of three woodblock carvings, three sets of films and three sculptures. The carvings have dark, rough look to them. Similarly, the sculptures are masks that are dark colored and sharp. The three films playing in the background are choppy and ambiguous. The entire exhibit was dark and the floors are scattered with dirt and rocks.
Each of the woodblock carvings, sculptures and films is meant to represent Greco-Roman myths, Prometheus, Janus and Sisyphus. In these myths, Prometheus was chained t in cycle of consumption for eternity as punishment for having provided mankind with fire, Sisyphus was condemned to climb his hill in the fires of Tartarus forever for trying to cheat death. The center figure represents Janus, the god of beginnings, endings, gateways and transitions. The viewer is meant become an onlooker, watching the past, the future and the void in between.
My Experience/ Synthesis
Walking through the exhibit was interesting because of the feel that the pieces created in unison. The rough woodblock carvings and sharp, mysterious masks created a creepy ambient. As for the three films, their choppy and ambiguous structure along with eerie sound effects created a sense of uneasiness. Oddly enough, my favorite element of the exhibit was the dirt scattered floor. As I walked through the exhibit, looking at the different pieces and listening to the sounds coming from the films, I was able to hear the sound of the dirt and pebbles as I walked over them. I was able to feel the rough substrate under my feet which, combined with the visual and auditory elements of the exhibit, created the feeling that I was no longer in the CSULB art galleries.