Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Film, Fabric, Sculptures, Woodblock
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
During this week’s artist conversation, I had the great opportunity of speaking to Kyle Kruse, who is a senior artist at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). He shared that he is a rock climbing enthusiast and that he loves to take out his camera to do filming or drawing work with its use. Some traits that he associates with himself is that he loves to learn new things and has always seen himself aiming to learn new things. Likewise, he utilizes all of his experiences and skills to form a means of relaxation and mediation for his mind and soul’s health. In his free time, he enjoys exercising his thoughts by listening to pod casts that he finds intellectually alluring and contain appeal.
His work with his exhibition, Janus Maxim, established a broad range of materials, which included subjects, such as film, fabric, sculpting, and woodblock. His exhibition was aimed to have a higher world sensation to it. When people walk into his exhibition, he wanted them to feel a sense of awe and wonder in the dark allure of his work. He expressed that it might be strange to some but those with an open mind and understanding of balance would understand that the darks make the lights. The pieces in his exhibition illustrated a sense of darkness but were illuminated by the art and by the linings in them. One side of the room had films of subjects, such as fire, demonstrating light in the darkness. It was very interesting while seemingly enlightening.
Furthermore, when I was looking his work, I thought it was very remarkable in the sense that, in the beginning, I was scared but then saw the light in his pieces under their devilish surface. The sense of allure and wonder was embedded within the art pieces, which was a wonderful thing for me to see because I thought it was very beautiful in its unique way. Also, it expressed a sense of spirituality in the lightness and the darkness; the darkness in the absence of light and the lightness in the bright flames of the filmed fire. Overall, I really enjoyed being able to take a look at the exhibition and seeing all the unique pieces. Moreover, it was a wonderful touch to post-Halloween!