Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Media: Wood Carving, Sculpture, Video
About the Artist: Kyle Kruse is a 6th year at California State University, Long Beach and is currently getting his degree in Print Making. He began to like art because of his grandparents and their history with art. Kyle stated that his grandparents were art collectors so he got most of his first glimpses of art through them and he even was inspired by some of those pieces. Marc Chagall’s piece Le Grand Bouqet was one piece he vividly remembers. He always knew he wanted to turn art into a career but his childhood actually caused him to begin drawing and creating things. He would often go into junkyards and try to gather pieces that he would be able to create something else out of. Kyle stated that he also has insomnia and during the periods where he is unable to sleep he will often begin to create his art pieces. On his free time, Kyle likes to rock climb at the Hueco Tanks state park or the Joshua Tree National Park.
Formal Analysis: Walking into the gallery you immediately step into a room of darkness the only lights that are shown are upon the 3 main pieces on stands and the paintings/drawings on the wall right behind each piece. Covering the stand was also cloth which looked like an animal skin with fur on it still and it was under each piece. From left to right the pieces each had a name Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Each figure representing cycles of human progress. Up on the opposite side were 3 different videos playing and on the floor dirt everywhere which made it seem realistic like the audience to was in the videos.
Content Analysis: Most of Kyle’s inspiration for his art pieces comes from the research that he does on the side. Most of what he researches are from books and the internet and what he researches is psych theories or philosophical stuff. The main part of the gallery that he wants his audience to grasp is called the “void” which is what lies between the what happened and what we remember. From this gallery he also wanted his audience to grasps sensations meaning the unconscious reactions to things we really have not quite processed and things we do not quite understand.
My Experience: My experience with this gallery was that it had a mysterious dark vibe. The pieces where all very detailed and made with care. The videos that were placed on the wall even looked like they were made very thoughtfully and carefully because with this gallery I sensed that every detailed would matter. I liked the theme behind the gallery because of its mystery. The artist left his statement there for the audience to read it and really made me want to look into more psych theories behind the message that Kyle was trying to give to his audience.