Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Mixed Media, video, wood, dirt
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Kyle Kruse already graduated from California State University, Long Beach and majored in BFA in printmaking. Kyle returned for his final senior show with an exhibition called Janus Maxim. He did not really pursue art as a career until he started college; however, he started liking art at a young age.
The door had black curtains over it and as I entered, I realized how dark the room was. There were three televisions on one wall and across from it were three sculptures. Behind these sculptures, there were three woodblock carvings on the wall. The sculptures were on a cubic stand with a blanket on it. There were dirts as well on the ground to make it feel like you are part of their world. The only dim light in the room were directly pointing at the sculptures.
The exhibition Janus Maxim was a unique experience. Janus Maxim is the “Void,” as Kyle calls it. The exhibition were inspired by Roman and Greek mythologies – Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Kyle was trying to create the “void” and a moment where you would question about life and reality. He was trying to show multiple points and states throughout: time, life, or the absence of either.
I really enjoyed this exhibition because it made me think about life as I stood in the middle of the room. I like how he put dirts all over the room to make it seem real. It made me think outside the box and took a step back to view the whole world – the meaning of life, time, and what happens in between. It was kind of confusing when I first walked in, I didn’t get the meaning of it. But after talking to Kyle, I understood what he was trying to convey with this installation.