Dr Eirini Boukla

Profile

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 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. Lattitude, Fifty Four Degrees North Festival, Hull, UK. Public Screen, SYNCH Festival, Technopolis, Athens, Greece. Heterotopias, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece.

Responsibilities

  • Study Abroad Tutor

Research interests

Underpinned by an interdisciplinary and notational approach to drawing, my research explores graphic characteristics of abstraction, and particularly the assimilation of its avant-garde forms absorbed now in the aesthetic of the every-day. Testing and expanding its borders and models as an aesthetic and theoretical practice, I use abstract narratives of movement that often originate from the visual punctuations and accentuations of found comic book and early cartoon animation narratives. More specifically, the graphic supplements of speed lines, impact lines, tracking lines, which I notice intriguingly operate somewhere between the iconic and the cypher. 

My research is practice-based, undertaken primarily through studio work. A recurring question is how new technologies impact on earlier processes, within a practice of drawing and its methods of tracing and how we can interpret, analyse, and reconstruct new meanings of authorship. Main research interests are drawing as an expanded practice, the history and practice of tracing, systems of reproduction and failure and error, chorotopia (notions of hospitality, the liaison of drawing and breathing), spatial thinking and motion/movement/kinetic, the semiotics of two-dimensional motion representations, actionglyphs (the graphic motion supplements of comic books and animated cartoon).

 

Publications/ Catalogues

E. Boukla, 2020. A 'certain hand' and its margin of error.  Drawing Research, Theory and Practice. Intellect: London. (accepted) 

E. Boukla, 2017. 'The Contemporary End' in PSIAX, DRAWING IN THE UNIVERSITY TODAY (special edition). Faculty of Fine Arts University of Oporto: Portugal. pp. 137-142.

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. pp. 38 -39.

E. Boukla. 2010. Disney World in International Exhibition “Women Painters”. Center for Cultural Majdanpek: Serbia.

E. Boukla. 2009. A Daily Route. Contemporary Flânerie: Reconfiguring Cities, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan: USA. pp. 152-153.

E. Boukla. 2008. 480 Pages. Singapore International Photography Festival: Singapore. Online.

E. Boukla. 2008. The Bicycle Thieves. Somewhere and nowhere, Soanyway. Online.

E. Boukla. 2007. A Daily Route. 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.

E. Boukla. 2005. Co-ordinate. 2005. Salt Mills, Saltaire, W.Yotkshire.

Free Range. 2005. The Old Truman Brewery, London.

 

Artist  talks/conferences

2019. Invited speaker (online lecture). Ratifying tracing and movements assemblage. British School of Art and Design, Moscow. Russia.

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. The centre for Drawing. 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.

 

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.

 

Residencies/Projects

2019 International Drawing residency, Nerohvirta Village, Iisalmi, Finland

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 in Rome, Italy.

2011 Berufsverband Bildender Künstler, Berlin, Germany.

2008 Masticulture, Mesta, Chios island, Greece.

 

Exhibitions

2020 Hulabhaig. Uig Open 2020: Re-imagined Online.

2020 'Tracing Entropy'. The Foyer. School of Design, University of Leeds

2019 ‘Visual Thinking’, Ronald Barr Gallery, Indiana University Southeast. New Albany, Indiana. USA.

2019 ‘Los Socios', Galería Libertad, Quéretaro, México.

2019 Curators space. Leeds Big Screen. Millennium Square Leeds. UK.

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 Lattitude, 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.

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Qualifications

  • 2014. PhD Fine Art. University of Leeds.
  • 2006. MA Drawing. Camberwell College of Arts, University Arts London.
  • 2005. BA (Hons) Fine Art for Design. Batley School of Art & Design.

Professional memberships

  • SAR (Society for Artistic Research)
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