WK 11 – Artist Discussion – Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Film, Sculpture, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,  Marylyn Werby Gallery
Website: kylekruseart.com
Instagram: @kyle.kruse

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kyle is an undergrad here at CSULB, finishing up his last semester for his BFA in Print Making.  He’s considering pursuing a MFA in Visual Anthropology, and plans to move to NYC or outside the states aftewards.  He’s very inspired by Greek Mythology culture, and it shows through his pieces and exhibits.  His

FORMAL ANALYSIS:

The aura of the exhibit set off a darker vibe, where the room was black and had few lighting.  The pieces were made of wood, sculptures, and paint.  The jagged and fixed nature of the three heads lit up the room.   The canvas and pieces were smooth and the atmosphere of the room matched.

CONTENT ANALYSIS:

Each head resembled a greek mythology relation, with the story of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus.  The stories told what they had done for humanity, and the piece shows the skull of their actions.  Kyle mentions the void, which is the time that we live in today.  According to Greek Mythology, the void became about due to these three.  Kyle aimed to give the feeling of the punishment the three received through his works, and allowed everyone to see it.

SYNTHESIS:

I have always been fascinated with Greek Mythology myself, so this exhibit was fun for me to see.  I have previously known the story of Prometheus, who was punished for giving fire to mankind, so I really focused on his head the most.  This experience was fun for me and I enjoyed this weeks work.

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