Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

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Eirini Boukla

Lecturer in Art and Design

0113 343 6928

Clothworkers' Central, Room G78e

BA (Hons) Fine Art for Design (University of Huddersfield), MA Drawing (UAL), PhD Fine Art (University of Leeds)

I am an artist, researcher and lecturer in Art & Design. I take up and make use of a variety of mediums, which often merge, to explore the possibilities of contemporary drawing practice and its systems of authorship. My main research interests are the history and practice of tracing, actionglyphs (the graphic motion supplements of comic books and animated films), collage, rotoscoping, postproduction, embodied actions and the semiotics of two-dimensional motion representation (actionglyphs) in the plane. Click here to access projects and work.

Biography

I hold a BA in Fine Art for Design from Batley school of Art & Design (first class), an MA in Drawing from Camberwell College of Arts, a PhD in Fine Art from The University of Leeds. My work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, at galleries, museums, art festivals and public art projects such as Pushpin, Zverev Museum, Moscow. Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press. Ithaca, New York. USA. Limerick printmakers gallery, Ireland.  PSL, Leeds.  FAFA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.  Siena Art Institute, Italy. Climate Gallery, New York, USA.  Majdanpek Cultural Center, Serbia.  Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland.  Madrid Abierto, Madrid, Spain.  Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan, USA.  National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina. SIPF, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore. Civic Hall Brno, Brno, Czech Republic. Lattidute, Fifty Four Degrees North Festival, Hull, UK. Public Screen, SYNCH Festival, Technopolis, Athens, Greece. Heteropias, 1st Thessaloniki Bienale of Contemporary Art, Greece.

Teaching

Level 1 DESN1440 Studio Practice 1A
DESN1441 Studio Practice 1B (Module leader)
DESN1706 Drawing B (Module leader)
Level 2 DESN2705 Cutting edge: Collage A Reconfiguring (Module leader)
Level 2 DESN2285 Research Methods 1: Finding and Using Research Resources
Level 3 DESN3660 Independent Study: Dissertation

PhD Thesis

Ichnographia: Arrogation and Alteration.

This thesis is a meta-commentary that accompanies a portfolio of artworks produced over the course of the research project; one that explores tracing and the traced as a creative process in drawing. Despite the fact that there is notable information regarding tracing’s preparatory role within the history of drawing (Bambach, 1999), there is little research regarding the shift of its role towards an independent and creative end in drawing today. Consequently, I see tracing as a process for drawing that is continually open to question and exploration.

The research takes the view that the reworking of preexisting cultural products and models arguably now replaces the idea of originality and the new (in the sense of starting from zero) (Bourriard, 2002), a perspective which suggests that there are only specific re-readings and no originative readings. (Derrida, 1976) Within this context, I suggest that tracing in drawing has now, by way of its character, become an exemplary process which can challenge a long standing dialectic: that of the measure of the eye and its judgment, contrasted with mechanical means and the execution of the hand. I believe that this offers up an argument for speculation on a centrality of tracing within drawing now.

Overall, the writing addresses a central question, namely what can account for a consideration of tracing as a creative agent in drawing today? It also gives the theoretical means needed to understand the underlying reasoning, preoccupations, and concerns behind the submitted work and provides supplementary information about the drawings and paintings developed as part of this research, thereby offering up a new perspective of tracing’s cultural assumptions for those involved with the history and practice of drawing.

http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/6915/

Professional Practice

Exhibitions
2018 We are Interstellar. Be Curious festival. University of Leeds. Leeds. UK
2018 Paint North, Lady Beck project space, Leeds. UK
2017 Soapbox Art & Science, Leeds Light Night festival. Leeds. UK
2017 In the Open. Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) Gallery. Sheffield. UK
2016 Drawing Dialogues, Craiova, Romania.
2015 Pushpin, Zverev Museum, Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow
2015 Ichnographia, School of Design, University of Leeds
2014 Ink Shop Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press. Ithaca, New York. USA.
2013 RX3, drawingboard. Harrogate UK
2013 Wonderings in palimpsests, 25 Wellington street, Leeds. UK
2013 Eirini Boukla, Andi Robinson, Harrogate. UK.
2013 Limerick/Berlin, Limerick printmakers gallery, Ireland.
2012 Noun becomes Verbs, Old Mining Foyer, University of Leeds, Leeds.
2012 Pieces of Eight, PSL, Leeds.
2011 Thinking tools, FAFA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.
2011 Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy.
2010 The Artful Scriptorium, Climate Gallery, New York, USA.
2010 8th International exhibition of women painters, Majdanpek Cultural Center, Serbia.
2010 The Last Book (Luis Camnitzer project), Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland.
2010 Adaptive Actions, Campo AA, Madrid Abierto, Madrid, Spain.
2009 Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan, USA.
2009 Hotdesk, Out of office, Old Broadcasting House, Leeds, UK.
2008 The Last Book (Luis Camnitzer project), National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 Mastixoperipati, Mastic Villages, Chios, Greece.
2008 SIPF, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore.
2008 Civic Hall Brno, Brno, Czech Republic.
2008 Lattidute, Fifty Four Degrees North Festival, Hull, England.
2008 Olympolis, Katerini, Greece.
2008 Public Screen, SYNCH Festival, Technopolis, Athens, Greece.
2008 Public Screen, Municipal Gallery of Larissa, Greece.
2007 Public Screen, Apothiki B, Centre of Contemporary Art-Thessaloniki, Greece.
2007 Heterotopias, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece.
2007 In Transit, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK.
2007 Situation Leeds festival, Leeds, UK.
2007 Delineate, Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax, UK.
2007 Bibliomania, John Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK.
2006 MA Show, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK.
2006 WAVE, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK.
2006 Every available, ESA, Leeds, UK.
2005 Multiples, Con/temporary, Berlin, Germany.
2005 Co-ordinate, Salt Mills, Saltaire, W.Yotkshire, UK.
2005 Pay & Display, Brick Lane, London, UK.

Residencies/Projects
2012 drawingsite, dOCUMENTA (13) Park Schönfeld Academy, Kassel, Germany.
2012 Young Visionaries, Breeze International Youth Festival. Project Space Leeds, Leeds UK.
2011 Villa Eläintarha, Helsinki.
2011 British School of Art at Rome, Italy.
2011 Berufsverband Bildender Künstler, Berlin, Germany.
2008 Masticulture, Mesta, Chios island, Greece.

Commissions
2010 Traces and intervals, HANALEE, Garden Unit The Lights, Leeds, England.
2008 The bicycle thieves , Fifty Four Degrees North Festival, Hull, England.
2007 480 pages, In TRANSIT Festival. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England.
2006 I wonder whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each of us may find our own again, International Relations department of Leeds City Council, England.

Collections
Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan, USA.
Olympolis festival, Katerini Greece.
SIPF, Singapore International Photography Festival, Singapore
Centre of Contemporary Art-Thessaloniki, Greece.

Awards/Fundings
2012 University of Leeds/EARN Funded Research Placement at Documenta 13
2009-2012 AHRC Doctoral Award. Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK.
2008 Individual Award Scheme, personal development fund, Art Council England, UK.
2005-2006 AHRB Professional development scholarship. Research Preparation Masters Scheme, Arts & Humanities Research Board (AHRB), UK.

Papers and Presentations
2018. ‘Hand Delivered: Drawing within a Margin of Error’. Art, Materiality and Representation. British Museum & SOAS University of London. 1-3 June.
2017. ‘Scattered recollections, a reflection on ‘BalNaVodi’ (Dancing in water)’. ASLE-UK, Land2. Biennial Conference. Sheffield Hallam University. UK. 6-8 September.
2013. ‘Ichnographia’. DRN conference: Interweavings: Pedagogy, Methodology and Research. Columbia University. New York. USA. 24-26 October.
2013. ‘The Contemporary End’. Drawing in the University today conference, Faculty of Fine Arts University of Oporto, Portugal. 31 May -1 June.
2012. Artist talk. Research at Documenta13. School of Design. University of Leeds. Leeds.
2012. Respondent. To David McCallum. Foreign Exchange: FOREX. Artists as Researchers: A New Paradigm for Art Education in Europe. Henry Moore Institute. Leeds.
2012. ‘Drawing on the condition of not seeing’. Drawing Out conference. University of the Arts London, Chelsea college of Art & Design. 28-30 March.
2012. Artist talk. FAFA Gallery. Helsinki. Finland.
2011. Artist talk. School of Design. University of Leeds. Leeds.
2010. ‘Wonderings (in) Palimpsests: tracing erasing chorotopia. Changing Identities and Contexts in the Arts (CICA). KUVA Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland. 9-10 November.

Publications/ Catalogues
E. Boukla 2018. ‘The Contemporary End’ in PSIAX, DRAWING IN THE UNIVERSITY TODAY (special edition). Faculty of Fine Arts University of Oporto: Portugal.
Dr L. Eggleton. 2012. ‘Drawing Inside the Lines: the work of Eirini Boukla’ in ‘Artists as Researchers’. Finish Academy of Fine Art: Helsinki.
E. Boukla. 2012. ‘Drawing on the condition of not seeing’. Drawing out. The Centre For Drawing UAL.
E. Boukla. 2011. Veduta (Souvenir view) in Adaptive Actions Madrid. Madrid Abierto: London.
E. Boukla. 2010. Disney world in International Exhibition “Women Painters”. Center for Cultural Majdanpek: Serbia.
E. Boukla. 2009. A Daily Walk in Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan: USA.
E. Boukla. 2008. 480 Pages. Singapore International Photography Festival: Singapore. Online. http://archive-sg.com/page/964870/2012-12-14/http://sipf.sg/bodyofwork/480-pages/
E. Boukla. 2008. The Bicycle Thieves in Somewhere and nowhere, Soanyway, Online magazine. http://www.soanyway.org.uk/eriniboukla.htm
E. Boukla. 2007. A Daily Route in Heterotopias, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. Center of Contemporary art Thessaloniki: Greece.
E. Boukla. 2007. In Transit, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: London.
E. Boukla. 2006. WAVE. Camberwell College of Art, London.
Co-ordinate. 2005. Salt Mills, Saltaire, W.Yotkshire.
Free Range. 2005. The Old Truman Brewery, London.

Links

www.eiriniboukla.com
https://vimeo.com/eiriniboukla

 

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