Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan

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 originally from Moldavo and traveled down to Long Beach to chase her dream of becoming an art student. Moldavia is a small country located in Eastern Europe which is located next to Romania and Ukraine. A majority of her family still lives there, but she has decided to continue to live here to attain her bachelors. Larry Bell and Robert Ermin inspired her to be a painter at first before she knew what kind of artist she wanted to be. What’s most important to her in her work is the use of light. In her free time, she likes to write about things while in a nature setting.

For this specific piece, Elena uses a video that lasts longer than the duration of an actual sunrise, which takes about 2 minutes and 8 seconds. The moving image is is 2D picture that contains 4D content which resembles a 3D image. She portrays the environment of a dark desert with the sunrise and a light box that she has been filming.

She said that it looks like a static picture that is hard to tell what it is right away. She likes to make the views stop for a while and think or just slow down and observe. I believe she did a great job in making her viewers “slow down” to observe her artwork. She explained that we live in such a fast pace environment and it makes us forget about certain things.

After learning about the concepts she tried using in this piece, I was kind of attached to it. I agree on how she said that our environment makes us forget things or forget to slow down and reflect on other things because our mind is always running on. I admit that everyday, I miss little details because I seem to look at the bigger picture a lot.

Here are picture I took the first time around, then I read the description of the piece and learned it was a video, and when I came back, the “image” was dark.


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