Week 11: Artist Conversation ft. Kyle Krusse

Artist: Kyle Krusse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: film, sculpture, wood, dirt on floor

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com

Instagram: kyle.kruse

Artist of the week for week 11 is Kyle Krusse. Kyle is currently in his 6th year as a undergraduate student at CalState, Long Beach. He is currently studying in the BFA printing program. After graduation at the Beach, he plans to travel to New York or Europe to further pursue his artistic career. Kyle’s exhibition took a total of ten month to finish all the pieces in his exhibition, with some months before hand studying the subject.

Kyle’s exhibition was titled Janus Maxim, and the exhibition consisted of may different materials and media, including wood, sculpture and film. When entering the exhibit, the room is covered by a black curtain and passing through the curtain, the room is very dark with spotlight dimmed on each pieces. It draws attention to each piece as an individual, as well as the pieces as a whole. One side of the exhibit had three mask sculptures of different designs and texture, while on the other side of the room, there are three viewing screens, each showing different images.

Janus Maxim was based off of greek mythology stories of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. He wanted to develop a sensory experience in which the vibe of the exhibit would come through to the audience as soon as they enter the dark room. Entering the room is like entering a space between reality and memory, where he tried to appeal to the audience’s senses by relating to them about their childhood, past experiences, etc.

I thought the exhibit was super interesting to walk into and look at. It was totally different from what we’ve seen he past weeks in the different art exhibit. Walking into the room, passing the black drape, immediately my eyes drew to the three mask sculptures. Before talking tot eh artist, I didn’t know the exhibit was based on greek mythology. After hearing the meaning behind his pieces, they make more sense to me and they even seem more interesting. I actually inside a couple more times to revisit the exhibit, and overtime I notice another detail I didn’t before.



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