Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Video, Wood, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist:
Kyle Kruse is a senior who will be obtaining a BFA in print making. This is his sixth and final semester attending Cal State Long Beach. Kyle has already had the opportunity to graduate, however, he came back to do his senior exhibition. Kyle has had the opportunity to participate in dozens of group exhibition. However, Janus Maxim is his fourth solo show. Furthermore, Kyle’s hobbies consist of rock climbing, drawing, and learning new things.
The Janus Maxim exhibition consisted of a total of 6 pieces and 3 flat screen televisions. The room’s lighting was extremely dim, and the only light was directed towards the pieces that were displayed. The 6 pieces consisted of three wood pieces and three handmade mask. Before being able to carve the wood, Kyle applied printing ink onto the wood. This made his pieces look as if he had drawn it in with a pen. Kyle stated that everything about his exhibition was challenging. It took Kyle an entire year to complete his three films because he directed, edited, and filmed it all. However, he stated that, the most challenging aspect of his exhibition was to create and interpret something you can’t put into words.
Kyle’s work was extremely unique and my first exhibition where the work was based off of research. Kyle’s exhibition was inspired by the Greco-Roman teaching myths of. Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. However, its primary focus was of Janus Maxim, hence the title of the exhibition. Kyle stated that “Janus was a representation of the center, transition, and the opposites at each end, the maintenance of these cycles from the void.” Janus explores and what it means to be standing in the space, or what Kyle calls the Void.
I found the Janus Maxium exhibition extremely intriguing because it was one of the most interesting exhibitions I have attend this semester. It was interesting because the minute you stepped into the room, the exhibition truly affects you on a deeper level and that was Kyle’s main goal. Kyle wanted his work to affect the viewer on a deeper level. The moment I walked into the room, he was shocked. The wood work took my breath away, yet the masks made chills run down my back. The videos had me in awe and in shock. The sky is the limit, and Kyle’s work surpassed the sky.
“No artist is never done” – Kyle Kruse
I found all of the wood pieces extremely beautiful, but the one pictured to the right was my absolute favorite. I could honestly look at the piece for hours. All of the wood pieces work replicas of the mask. However, the way the six bones and the way think face is detailed is beyond amazing.