Today I had the opportunity to meet Artist Kyle Kruse, of California State University, Long Beach. His piece “one who sees” was in the first gallery I walked into. The Dutzi-Gallery. I decided to have a conversation with him because his print seemed very strange. When I first saw it, it seemed demonic and it actually upset me, but I wanted to see what was on the inside of his mind. He actually informed me with some pretty neat history about the print.
Kyle has always been interested in woodblock printing on fabrics, as well as showing interest in lighting and display. He took interest from 1380 France where the first woodblock printing on fabrics to create altar frontals in place of worship took place. The Harley Quinn character or the Jesters that he used was because he said that it was a famous symbol in that period of time in France.
The idea of “one who sees” is to blur the line in a relationship between the “viewer” and the “actor”. He has made it some kind of performance while the jester’s are giving their offering. Kyle wanted to create something that laid out the performance like a dance, hence the language of actor and viewers. To create a tension of one who sees and one who is seen.
Kyle achieved what he was aiming for on “one who sees”. “one who sees” accomplished blurring the line between the viewer and the actor. when he says “to create a tension between one who sees and one who is seen”, it means that when you are looking from the outside, you can see everything on the inside. But when you are looking out from the inside you can only see those around you and not the outside simply because that’s how the fabric was made. This means, to me that when things get difficult and you feel surrounded and people are offering you multiple things to do for them or overall in general, you just need to take a step to the outside of it all and get a bird’s eye view to prioritize what you need to give. Unfortunately Kyle does not have a website or social media account that you can view his other work.