Week 3’s artist conversation is with Kyle Kruse. The title of Kruse’s show is “one who sees” in the Dennis W. Futzing Gallery. Kruse’s work features the works of printmaking. Although I did not ask Kruse about the fabric he utilized for his work, printmaking is usually made of silk or synthetic fabrics. Nylon and polyester can fall into the category of synthetic fabric. By analyzing the texture of Kruse’s work, the printmaking canvas seems to be made of polyester. The printmaking itself is a rough material, too rough to be made of nylon.
Printmaking dates back all the way to the late 1300s in France. It was used in the western world to make “altar frontals in places of worship.” The whole idea of “one who sees” is to create some sort of boundary between “the viewer and the actor” and in this case, the actor is the Jester on the print.
In the Dennis W. Futzing Gallery, Kruse sets the lighting in a way to create a more intimate ambiance. The dim lighting makes a personal relation between the viewer and the Jester and also creates a blinding effect for the people in the room. Due to the lighting, the fabric seems to become a solid material that does not allow it to be transparent. However, the image of the Jester can be seen on both sides. If a person in plain sight walks right behind the screen print, it creates an illusion as if the person has vanished. Kruse’s idea for his show is to create the idea that “someone can exist and not exist at the same time.” His work also reflects on the relationship of “Shaman-ship’s” life bring force and natural energy. Overall, Kruse wanted to create a space that is natural that blurs the realm between the viewer and actor.
I enjoyed Kruse’s show overall. The image on the print was very alluring and the ambiance of the gallery was pleasant. The lighting definitely gave his show a more intimate feeling in the gallery. Kruse’s idea of blurring the lines between reality and illusion is an intriguing idea. During the conversation with Kruse, he was able to explain the science behind how the image can be seen from both sides. By setting the light to certain brightness and angling the fixtures in a certain way, the black ink on his print can absorb the light allowing it to be seen on both sides of the fabric. The angling of the fixtures and the brightness of the light play the role in stopping the fabric from being transparent. Having the science behind his work explained is the most enjoyable part. I always enjoy learning the science and concepts behind incredible phenomena, such as, creating the illusion of a see through fabric, nontransparent.