Week 11-Artist Conversations- Kyle Kruse


Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Film, Sculpture, Woodblock Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art Galleries

Instagram: @kyle.kruse

Website: kylekruseart.com

CSULB undergraduate, Kyle Kruse, is working toward his Bachelors in Fine Arts degree at CSULB’s  Art Printmaking program. Printmaking has allowed him to express what he truly thinks unlike his original major in physics. Kyle Kruse is in his final semester and plans to move to the United Kingdom or New York after he has graduated.

Formal Analysis

The exhibition Janus Maxim, was located in the Marilyn Werby Gallery. The gallery was dimly lit and and at the door a sign proclaimed that within the floor was wet. The door was covered by curtains and when I stepped in the floor was wet and slightly covered with sand. The main focus of the exhibition was set on three structures that contained animal-like masks. Above the masks and behind the structures there were woodblock carvings that showed an image resembling the masks. Across from the display there were three films playing all at once.

Content Analysis

The exhibition was created and based off of Greco-Roman mythology. Specifically the myths of Prometheus, Janus and Sisyphus. According to the author, “My initial thought upon creating the exhibit was so that the audience would have the role of onlooker. It is meant to be seen as an idea and as a reality.”


Going off of the last statement of the artist, I interpreted the exhibition as one that made me think and constantly change my perspective. As individuals, our perspectives are constantly changing when we are introduced or  re-introduced to “new”  ideas. The exhibition itself reminded me of a show that I watch called “Teen Wolf”  it is a show that constantly incorporates mythology into every season. The masks from this exhibit reminded me of one of the mythological creatures that appeared in the fourth season of the show. The creatures were called Berserkers, they come from Norse mythology. They are said to be Norse warriors who had great strength on the battlefield.They would wear the pelts and skins of animals such as bears and wolves. In the  show they would wear skeleton armor and bear skulls to cover their face/head. The exhibition had much thought put into it. It was evident in the way he explained it as we asked him questions.