Exhibition: Synthetic Field, Study III (Screens at the Vasquez Rocks)
Media: Drawing, video installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Elena Roznovan is a graduate student at California State University Long Beach. She is currently pursuing a degree in the Master of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s with a focus in sculpture and 4D. She was kind enough to answer all of my questions, even the infamous “What inspired you to make these pieces?”. She told me about artists Roxy Paine and Robert Smithson and how she drew some influence from them, and also a movie called Into the Wild also made an impact on her art pieces. Miss. Roznovan’s pieces were very eye catching due to its canvas being very different from most modern day art.
It was interesting to see how Miss. Roznovan picked a TV screen to display her art pieces. I thought it was very original how it was an 8 minute time lapse video at the Vasquez Rocks. It displayed a scenic view, but what really caught my attention was the glowing white cubes that were placed in the middle of the scene. Another piece that caught my attention was the Synthetic Field display, which can be seen from the pictures above. It was a sculpture showing a green square astro turf with a pile of dirt in the center. The twist was the screen in the mound of dirt which I really didn’t expect.
From my understanding of Miss. Roznovan’s comments is that she decided to use nature and the square cubes to ask a single question. How as a species we conceived this geometric shape that goes against nature’s free-flowing undefined shape. Its true you don’t normally see a perfectly square shaped boulder or mountain, so it makes you think, where did we get the shape of a square from? The squares in each of her displays is there to allude back to the architectural format, the screen or the pixel. To remind us of man vs. nature.
What I got out of each piece was similar yet different from Miss. Roznovan’s explanations on why she picked the cubes to be in her art pieces. When I saw these pieces, the first thought that came to mind was the thought of yin and yang. How there is disorder, nature, and order, the cubes, in the world. Like Miss. Roznovan said, nature is so free flowing and untamable, but the cubes are so organized and fit into place. Also the piece Synthetic Field reminded me of CSULB’s very own pyramid, but it was made with nature in Miss. Roznovan’s art piece. Which reminds me that everything comes from nature. I thought it was very interesting to see Miss. Roznovan’s art works and highly suggest others do so too. It really makes one think about man vs. nature.