Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Lighting, projection, polarized screens
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Today I had the privilege of seeing Elena’s exhibit ‘Stop & Stare’. Elena is from Chisinau, Moldova. She is currently studying at Cal State Long Beach School of Arts Sculpture/4D department. She explained that writing is a big part of how she thinks. So she gets much of her inspiration from writing. She started this work 2 years ago explaining she has always had an interest of capturing phenomena on film and how images get mediated through technology. She emphasizes the importance off right to her and how when controlled can show something different like a spotlight unlike the uncontrolled lights of an entire city, always on and flashing.
Stop & Stare uses the effects of lighting, polarized transparent screens, and projection in unison to achieve perfection. The squared shaped screens located all around are meant to portray the screens we are always staring at such as our laptops, phones, etc. Elena uses these screens masterfully, using the light to add their shadows to her background. The dark polarized colors stand out against the natural background.
I believe Elena is trying to show the importance of light and what it can do. She’s also portraying how and image gets mediated through technology. Its an immersing experience which shows what effects happen when light is controlled, and every other light not needed is cancelled out. Unlike a city where lights are always on, her exhibit is stepping outside of that to finds yourself in someplace different. She seems to be trying to challenge the different perceptions people have regarding pictures and spaces which they are living in.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really enjoyed Elena’s exhibit. I found myself stopping & staring at her artwork. It was serene in a sense. Since I am always going camping and wandering through the wilderness with my friends, I am always finding myself facing nature whether mountains, deserts, or rivers. Her art piece made me think about those places and how you never find so many lights out there unlike in the city. Her piece made me realize this difference that I hadn’t noticed or payed attention to until now.