Exhibition: Janis Maxim
Media: wood carving, print making and sculpture
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Kyle Kruse is a sixth year undergraduate student in the BFA program of print making at the California State University, Long Beach. He actually graduated already but came back this semester to finish his senior exhibition. Kyle says he began his passion for art at a young age, he states he lived near a junk yard thus would visit it often and start making things out of the junk. Another one of his influences towards art were his grandparents whom collected many art pieces and influenced sculpture and drawing into his life. Kyle is definitely interested in attending graduated schools, a couple of his dream schools are Yale and The School of Visual Arts in New York, he admits they are “big shot” but hopes to achieve his dream and get into one of them. Because of his insomnia, he does not get much sleep this uses this time to work on his art projects. Other than school and art, Kyle enjoys going rock climbing and going out to eat curry on his free time.
Before walking in the exhibit you see a black curtain draping down the door. Once you enter, it is dark and kind of even scary. The only light is focused on three carvings placed in the room. There is a weird vibe in the room which Kyle describes as the inability to correlate. One feels as if we do not recognize or understand the setting thus still have the need to react to it.
The exhibition Janus Maxim is about “the void” in space. “The void” is the philosophical idea of nothingness manifested. The idea in which there are thousands of year cycles that speak about progression in space between reality, memory, the object, and what falls between what you are and what you remember. This whole concept is inspired by the myths of Promethus, Janus and Sisyphus. Promethus is best knows as the deity in Greek mythology who was the creator in mankind and its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from amount Olympus and gave it to mankind. Janus is the God of beginnings, gates, transitions, times, doorways, passages and endings. Lastly, Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra whom was punished for self aggrandizing craftiness and deceitful was by being forced to roll an immense Boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating his action for eternity. Each of the carving in the exhibition are distinct and are accompanied with a patterned cloth that represents something different.
This exhibition was really different from the others I have encountered. It was dark and more difficult to understand. If Kyle himself would not have explained it to us I would have been kind of lost and stuck with the scary feeling. Thus after his explanation I was able to interpret the exhibit a bit more. I enjoyed the mask carvings displayed, they were very detailed. Overall, it was a new experience and I’m glad I was able to critique and analyze this exhibit.