Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Installation, Film Making, Wood Carving

Gallery: Marilyn Werby-West

Website: kylekrusearts.com

Instagram: @kyle.kruse


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.

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Wk 6 – Artist Conversation – Wood Exhibition

Artist: Ingrid Gonzalez, Kyle Wallace, Quinn Nguyen, Joshua Smith, Ariel Maldonado, Laura Zhan, Martin Hernandez, Ryan Taber, and Brianna Pero

Exhibition: Wood Exhibition

Media: Wood, Lanp

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: Unknown

Instagram: Unknown

In this weeks artist conversation I was not able to meet any of the artists from the Wood Exhibition but I was able to meet Sam Medeires. Sam was at the Werby Gallery so he can answer questions for the Wood Exhibition. The artists that participated in the exhibition are students, staff, and faculty from CSULB that are part of the Wood program and CRAFTED Wood club. Sam Medeiros is an undergraduate student in the School of Art Sculpture program and he is working on his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Sam is the Vice-president and a shop tech for the Wood program. These artists explore different forms of art by using wood and trying to stick to its natural form.

There were nine displays of wood that was either furniture or art pieces and each art piece was for each artist. The furniture that was made from of wood was left with traces of the original tree in view. One of the tables had nicely cut and painted legs but the flat table was still showing the trees outer skin layer on the edges of the table. Another furniture piece was a small side table that had two drawers in it. The little table was not sanded off and painted so it still had the natural wood look. There were a couple art pieces that were a square and a piece of a wood trunk that was just left to look natural and just stained.

The artists were trying to explore new ways of considering design and making furniture as disciplines with blurred boundaries that are responsive to the nature of wood. This allowed them to show you the natural beauty of the wood without really manipulating the wood and leaving it as natural as it once was. The artists primary concern is ecology and how the biological nature of wood plays a role on ecology.

I really liked how the artists left a lot of their art pieces as natural looking as possible. It gives you the impression of how nature has a natural art to it. I also felt that their of use wood for their art pieces was very clever because they used its natural form to make their art or furniture piece out of the wood. These ingenious forms of art can be tied to green living that has started to become very popular. There is many new homes that are being constructed from recycled wood and they show the natural beauty since the pieces are old and weathered.

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