Week 11 – Artist Conversation: Kyle Kruse

Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Mixed Media, video, wood

Gallery:  CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com

Instagram: kyle.kruse

Kyle Kruse graduated from CSULB with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in printmaking.  He has returned for his final senior show. Kyle discovered his passion for art at a young age but did not pursue an art education until he got to college. He took a foundation drawing class and was hooked.

Janus Maxim was an installation in a darkly lit room. At one end of the gallery there are three flat screen televisions displaying short videos. At the opposite end there are three sculpted animal masks and three wooden carved blocks hanging on the wall. The only light in the room is directed at illuminating the animal masks and wooden carved blocks. The masks and blocks have similar animal characters.

Janus Maxim is “the void”, that in between phase.  The installation is inspired by Roman and Greek mythologies.  The animal pieces are representations of Prometheus, Sisyphus, and Janus. Janus is the central piece and represents the transitional phase between the beginning and end, where you can step out and be an onlooker.  Prometheus is the beginning and Sisyphus is the end.  With this exhibition, Kyle was trying to create “the void” a place where you can questions life and its meaning.

I enjoyed Kyle Kruse’s installation Janus Maxim because it made me wonder and question what life is about. We get stuck in life just going through the motions and forget to stop and enjoy it.  We are all born and die but how we spend that time on Earth depends on us. At first, I did not understand the exhibit. I thought it was cool and creepy, but after speaking to the artist, I understood the theme and ideas he was trying to convey.





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