Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Print, Film, Fiber, Wood making
Gallery: Werby Gallery
About the artist: Kyle Kruse is currently a fourth year undergraduate at CSULB in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Kyle recently made the move to California six years ago. He enjoys the outdoors very much and he has a passion for exploring nature. He has insomnia so he does most of his art work when he cannot sleep. He hopes to continue his education in either New York or the United Kingdom. His exhibition Janus Maxim took about ten months to construct. There is a lot of emotion in his exhibition and his main goal is to share a common feeling among prospective viewers.
Formal Analysis: There was many elements to his exhibition which included films, sculptures, and woodblock carvings. He wanted to make his exhibition feel authentic by adding dirt on the floor and dim lights to have a dark feeling. There was three productions of videos all displaying the same things. On both side of the walls there was a story conveyed one with still art and one instillation video art. The still art was mask and carvings.
Content Analysis: This exhibition was created to retell the myths of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. There was definitely a dark and creepy feeling. The artists did not intent to have the exhibition to be creepy as he hopes each person will interpret the exhibition differently. The artist truly believes that no one can make you feel a certain way only you can; therefore, he allowed much of this exhibition own interpretation.
Synthesis/My Experience: This exhibition was something really different than all the other exhibitions I have seen throughout the semester. I would consider this something I have never seen before. Although, I felt that the exhibit was really dark and scary I also liked the content and instillation that was in the exhibit. I really liked some of the masks the artist created.