Week 11- Artist Conversation- Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Film, Sculpture, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,  Marylyn Werby Gallery
Website: kylekruseart.com


Kyle is an undergrad here at CSULB and is finishing his BFA in the printmaking program. When first attending college he was enrolled in the physics program. However he came to realize it did not suit him and he then changed his major to printmaking as he realized he wanted a job that he was going to actually enjoy for the rest of his life.  He has lived in many different cities his whole life but is currently staying in Long Beach. He also has a strong interest in greek  mythology.


When first walking into the room, it is entirely dark except for the lights showcasing the masks and the light coming from the television screens. There are three masks with different intricate details on three separate pedestals. On the opposite side of the room there are three different videos being played on three separate screens. All across the floor there is dirt spread out.


There is a dark and ominous vibe set from the lighting and the music coming from the videos. Each of the heads represents pieces of greek mythology, Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. The pieces represents the characters in their stories and what they have done. The space surrounding the pieces represents the void in which we all stand in. In the void we exist in time, life, or the absence of either.


I always find greek mythology so interesting as stories from so long ago have managed to survive and still have an impacting message. I also tend to love pieces more on the darker side as they are always more interesting to decode. I truly enjoyed this piece.




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