Wk 11-Artist Conversation-Kyle Kruse

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Film, Wood Block Carvings, Fur, Bones, Ash, Canvas, Paint and Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: kyle.kruse.com

Instagram: @Kyle.Kruse

About the Artist

Kyle Kruse has always had an interest in creating things so he started his college career as a physics major but found himself unsatisfied with his choice as he realized he was most passionate in creating things which would stir emotions within the viewers. In his early years he remembers his parents collecting prints so that was a driving cause of his intrest in producing them. Now a CSULB School of Art alumni graduating with a BFA in print making.

Formal Analysis

Sisyphus: The physical representation of this Greco-Roman figure consisted of 3 pieces,

  • Mask: It was made of a canvas material and was sown together by hand with very large stitching and was painted with opaque colors and placed on fur.
  •  Wood Print: Constructed of two rough edged semicircles the carvings are representations of the masks each line was carved, burned shading was done to emphasize features.
  • Film: The film was meant to give the character life and it was done by having a person wearing the mask and climb an concrete hill.

Prometheus: The physical representation of this Greco-Roman figure consisted of 3 pieces,

  • Mask: Made using a structure then using a viscous dark colored paint followed by placing white fur on the head and piling the viscous paint of the same colors on the forehead allowing it to drip down the sides of the head.
  • Wood Print: Constructed of two rough edged semicircles the carvings are representations of the masks each line was carved, burned shading was done to emphasize features.
  • Film: The character figure was given a personality by having fire be the majority of the content of the film.

Janus: The physical representation of this Greco-Roman figure consisted of 3 pieces,

  • Mask: Using a very blotchy method of dying the canvas makes for a asymmetrical look and the construction of the mask was done using panels of fabric hand sewn but with a irregular stitching followed by small eye holes.
  •  Wood Print: Constructed of two rough edged semicircles the carvings are representations of the masks each line was carved, burned shading was done to emphasize features.
  • Film: Having a feel of passing through time and space accessing diffrent regions giving the figure a wise personality.

The Room: The room was kept dark only illuminated by the T.V. ‘s playing the films and the yellow spotlights on the wood prints and masks. The floor was carpeted with ashes and bones which crunched beneath your feet as you walked.

Content Analysis

All three of the figures are Greco-Roman teaching myths each representing diffrent human behaviors.

Sisyphus: Climbs a hill trying to cheat death and before tried to break his society’s social contracts. This shows our human tendencies to be afraid of death and how we restlessly work to beat the inevitable and how some are stripped of their true opinions by trying so hard to stay away from the social norms.

Prometheus: He is forcefully consumed in order to provide humanity with fire bringing forth the existence of civilization. This shows our designated roles in society that are essential to keep a civilization.

Janus: The god beginnings, endings, transitions and gateways. This was to teach people that there is a higher authority to what happens as time goes on that all is not up to us.

The Room: This was a physical representation of “The Void” a space where things happen in time and one is only limited to the world in one perspective in once slice of time.

Synthesis/My experience

The exhibition was done with no previous images of what these teaching myth figures were meant to look like, the artist created the pieces solely from the narratives. I was surprised by the fact that although the exhibition and the names of the Greco-Roman figures were something completely new to me the stories and message was not. These are things that affect our everyday lives, our culture and norms were derived by these past civilizations and the remnants of their norms are still living in us. The room was set up to give a feeling of a distorted reality and meant to set us up to understand the “Void”. The concept of the void is a space and time where we are only aware of what is in front of  us. Showing how our present is the result of everything that ever was and the catalyst of all of the future.

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