Artist Conversation: Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Video Installations
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: @eroznovan

About the Artist

Elena Roznovan is a graduate student here at Cal State Long Beach’s School of Art. She is on her second year and is working on getting her Master’s degree in the Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. For her undergraduate studies she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Over there, she accumulated all of her sculpting skills. She is from Moldova, a country that is next to Ukraine. Her interests in art began with drawing and 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 making her want to create this interactive installation for us all to enjoy.

Formal Analysis

Roznovan’s specialty work is  video installations. In this exhibition, she presents a moving image of a California dessert with a projector. With the image she adds colored optical props that make the image seem as if it is 3D or moving, even though in actuality, it is still. These square optical props look as if they are our windows that we can step through to get the full desert feeling. The optical frames also have 2D and 4D content that when looked at create a 3D type of  experience to her audience.

Content Analysis

Roznovan’s work investigates concepts of phenomenology, time, and the way images are put together to prove a point. 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. With the use of outdoors and a pairing with optical props, Elena is able to bring the combining of one’s perception through phenomenology of space and time.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Roznovan made a claim that when her audience sees her installations, they can sometimes feel anxious when their perception is messed with, or they can feel at ease and meditate. My experience seeing this installation was the more calm and at ease. I walked in, sat down and stared at her projection for a couple of minutes. Looking at the image, i felt very contempt, and almost hypnotized. Being there, made me forget about my responsibilities

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for a period of time and made me focus on her art. Truthfully, it was a wonderful experience and I have never seen art like this before. Elena is extremely talented and her art truly opened my eyes! Thank you for letting us see your beautiful work!

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