Week 11 – Meet Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Print, Film, Fiber

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com

Instagram: @kyle.kruse

Kyle Kruse is an undergrad in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program.  Growing up, he never really stayed in one place more than one year, but he has been in Long Beach for six years now.  His next plan is to either move to Europe or New York, simply because he feels like his time in Long Beach is coming to an end.  Kruse’s exhibit took about ten months of creating the pieces, but before that it took months and months of research.

The exhibit consisted of films, sculptures, and woodblock carvings.  The room was dim and there was dirt on the floor.  He created 3 films that totaled to about 11 minutes and encouraged everyone to watch them.

The exhibit, Janus Maxim, was based off of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus.  He chose to do is exhibit based off of Greek Myths because he said that a lot of people in the Western Culture, have studied some sort of Greek mythology so it would be easiest to relate to.  He wanted the vibe of the exhibit to be kind of dark and eery which was definitely what I felt when entering the place.  He referred to his type of sculpting as sensory sculpting because he tried to appeal to everyone’s senses, which is different for everyone.  His exhibit would be experienced differently by his viewers based on how they were raised, where they grew up, passed experiences, and what they have encountered.

I found it difficult to understand what Kyle was trying to portray but then he said that language can’t express what he really wants the audience to feel, we just have to feel it.  I thought it was interesting that he began to think of this exhibit when he disconnected himself from society.


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