Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop and Stare
Media: Video, Frames
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Elena Roznovan is a video instillation and sculpture student at CSULB. She is currently working towards getting her MFA. In this exhibit, Elena’s main goal was to show the importance of light and space. She also tries to get her audience to realize the importance of time.
Although Elena’s gallery’s are meant to portray many important messages, it is very simple. There is a curtain upon entering the gallery that hides the exhibit. Once you walk in, there is a small bench along the curtain where people can relax and enjoy the art. There is a video of a sunrise in a desert being projected onto the wall, over some frames. The frames look like window frames with colored glass. Some of the frames are sitting on the floor, leaning against the wall, while others are hung on different angles. The frames give the piece a geometric look.
Elena used a video of a sunrise in the desert for a couple of reasons. One reason being that she wanted to portray the way light and space come together. Throughout the video, as the sun gets higher and higher into the sky, all the empty space becomes brighter. A second reason being that she wanted to show people the importance of time. Living in a city like Long Beach, most people are always in a rush and don’t take time to appreciate their surroundings. The video of the sunrise is very slow and lacks movement. Elena wanted to give her audience a chance to slow down and take time to think. The bench that is inside the gallery also helps her audience to relax and take time to appreciate her art.
I enjoyed Elena’s gallery a lot. At first, it was a little tricky to figure out the meaning of the gallery, but when I talked to Elena, it made a lot of sense to me. I think Elena did an amazing job at portraying all her messages in her work. The environment was very relaxing and it did seem to slow me down a little. I sat down for a while to watch the video and it helped me relax. Elena defiantly chose the right video for this exhibit. I also agree that there are too many people that are in a rush, and I realized that when other people stepped into the exhibit, they seemed to have slowed down a bit. Every person that walked into the gallery took their time to look at the art carefully. Elena’s exhibit defiantly had a good impact on me and I’m glad I got the opportunity to talk to her.