Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Polarized Screens, Video Installations, Dirt, Windows, Concepts of Phenomenology
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Elena Roznovan is a second year graduate student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Sculpture/4D Program. She is working towards her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture/4D. Elena completed her undergraduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Interestingly, Elena is originally from Chisinau, Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe that used to be part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as the USSR. However, it is now it is now a separate country located between Romania and Ukraine. When Elena is not making art, she enjoys writing, doing outside activities such as hiking, traveling, and collecting vinyl records.
Elena’s exhibition revolved around the concept of light manipulation; as a result, her exhibition was enclosed within a giant box of long black curtains to prevent natural light from entering her exhibition. Within the exhibition, Elena had projected a moving image of an extended sunrise over a California desert. Additionally, she had hung several square, tinted/colored windows from the ceiling for the projector to shine light through. These technologically mediated 2D windows contained 4D content to create and represent a 3D experience of the sunrise over the desert. These windows also created long shadows against the projection and gave the impression that one is actually moving through the desert during the sunrise.
When discussing her exhibition, Elena stated that in Moldova, she always thought of California as a place with beautiful natural lights and vast space; as a result, she used her views on California as inspiration for the creation of her exhibition. Additionally, Elena said that her writing often represents her inner thoughts and is used as inspiration for the ideas for her artwork. However, Elena stated that this exhibition was more directed at society; she believes that today’s society is too fast paced and does not allow time for relaxation and reflection. Therefore, Elena created this exhibition with the idea that it may serve as a form of mental mediation. She wants people to see the importance of taking the time to slow down, relax, and simply observe and appreciate the natural beauty of the world.
When I first entered the Gatov East Gallery, I was drawn in by the mysterious appearance of the wall of curtains. Curiosity then led me to enter the curtains and see what was being hidden from view. Upon my initial glance, I was confused by what I saw: a projection of a desert with hanging, tinted windows. However, it was not until I had spent a view minutes observing the exhibit that I understood the message. Seeing this exhibition made me think of what it would be like to just explore the desert and forget about the world for a while. I began to have a strong desire to just take a road trip and travel to beautiful locations such as the desert being projected and just enjoy the sunrise, the sunset, and everything in between. Overall, I really connected with Elena Roznovan’s exhibition, Stop & Stare; I really enjoyed looking at the desert sunrise and forgetting about the world, even if it was just for a little while.