Artists: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop and Stare
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Elena comes from Moldova, a place I had to google to even know where it was. (It is by Romania for those who don’t know) It is her second year here at CSULB. She is an MFA Grad student in sculpture.
Her walling off of a separated room worked all too well in her exhibit. She stated that one of her focuses was the manipulation of light. She felt that the only way she could control light was through cancelling out all natural light and using her own. This separation also helped further her idea of her art being immersive, which this exhibit truly was. The props used, all props used by photographers, furthered this idea of photographic manipulation and the phenomena of film.
Elena was all too effective in creating this immersive experience. She provides a seat to let the viewer become completely lost. She does this because she would become lost too, if only she had the time. She would walk out to the desert and disappear. Her ideas on screens and how images get mangled through technology is easily seen because her exhibit simply displays just this: a screen with a technological projector spewing a mangled depiction of a place that is and seems so real.
Her installation was so interesting to just sit and and ponder. I personally enjoy when artists work with projections, it is a medium I am rather interested in and would like to work with. I wish her exhibit would have been as expansive as it was immersive. A whole gallery dedicated to her work would have been magnificent. Just walls covered in projected images of places we want to be transported too.