Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Video Installations
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Elena Roznovan is a graduate student here at CSULB’s School of Art. She is on her second year and is working on getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. Her major is Sculpture. For her undergraduate studies she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she learned everything she knows about sculpting. She is originally from Moldova, a country that used to be part of the USSR and is next to Ukraine. Her interests in art began with painting and then graduated to installations when she moved to California. Where she is from, California is known for its light and space and therefore decided to create this interactive installation.
Roznovan’s specialty is video installations. In this exhibition, she presents a moving image of a California dessert with a projector. With this image she adds colored optical props that make the image seem as if it is 3D or moving although in reality it is still. These square optical props look as if they are windows that one can step through to get to the dessert. The optical frames also have 2D and 4D content that when looked at provide that 3D experience to the viewer.
Roznovan’s work investigates concepts of phenomenology, time and the way images are constructed. She creates video installations that challenge the viewer’s perception and expectation of moving pictures and the space in which they are standing. For this exhibition she was inspired by the lightness and openness of California’s dessert. Uses the outdoor environment paired with optical props that promote the mediation of one’s perception through phenomenology of the time and space.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Roznovan claimed that when people see her installations they can sometimes feel anxious when their perception is altered or they can feel calm and meditate. My experience seeing this installation was the latter. I walked in, sat down and stared at her projection. I felt so serene looking at the image. After a few moments it felt as if I was no longer there at the gallery and was actually transported to the dessert in the image. Truthfully, it was a wonderful experience and I have never seen art like this before. I do wish that Elena goes very far with her art.