Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Installation, Film Making, Wood Carving
Gallery: Marilyn Werby-West
In this weeks artist conversation I had the chance to meet Kyle Kruse and he had his art exhibition in the Werby-Gallery. Kyle is a senior undergraduate student that is in his sixth year at Cal State University Long Beach attending the School of Art and Print making. Kyle likes to go rock climbing as a hobby when he has free time. Kyle has insomnia so he likes to work on his art while he can’t sleep at night.
In Kyle’s exhibition he had wood carvings on the wall that resembled masks of birds with beaks. He used film making to show case his videos of abstract scenes of people and just a field in the open. The masks that were on the small platforms had many colors on them making them more appealing and less terrifying.
Kyle is trying to relate the idea and message of the Greco-Roman myths of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus and the cycles of human progress. Each god had a role in human progression according to their myths. Prometheus was forever chained in the circle of consumption of providing humans with fire and birth of civilization. Sisyphus is forever trying to climb the hill in defeating death and becoming immortal. Finally Janus in the center, is the god of beginnings, endings, and gate transitions.
I really liked his art exhibition because I found it to be a very creative way for him to share ancient Greco-Roman art. It shows us how simple pieces of art can have so much meaning if you know the history of that art piece. I have also found classical era art to be amazing and would like to see how they created art with what they had back in those days.