Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop and Stare
Media: Concepts of phenomenology
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Elena Roznovan is a MFA sculpture student here at CSULB who does video installations as well as sculptures. She is from Moldavo and came to Long Beach to pursue her dream of being an art student. Moldavia is a small country in Eastern Europe which is located next to Romania and Ukraine. Most of her family still lives there today but she wants to continue to live here after she finishes her undergrad to start her life. Before she decided what type of artist she wanted to be she used to be a painter, greatly inspired by Larry Bell and Robert Ermin. What’s most important to her in her work is the use of light. In her free time, besides for being an artist she enjoys writing and just relaxing in nature.
For her artwork in this piece, Elena uses a video installation that lasts longer than the duration of an actual sunrise, which takes 2 minutes and 8 seconds. The moving image is is 2D window that contains 4D content which is a representation of a 3D experience. She portrays the environment of a desert with the sunrise and a light box that she has been shooting.
Roznovan said that it looks like a static image and its hard to tell what is it right away but she likes to let the viewers observe and just slow down.I think what she had in mind regarding this piece is to just let everything slow down and just flow. She explained that we live in such a fast pace environment and it causes us to forget about other things and to get a chance to just reflect.
After hearing her concepts and ideas about this piece I felt really connected to it. In that I completely agree on how our environment causes us to just forget to slow down and reflect on other things because our minds are always constantly on the go. In my everyday life I admit I forget to notice the little things because I am so much more focused on the bigger and more important things that I have to do. But after seeing this it made me realize there’s so much more to think about, and to pay attention to detail!