Erini Boutasi was the first Greek artist working in ´ace. However, in times of globalization the origin by birth of an artist is disrupted by her experiences of constant transfer from one place to another. This is the case of Eirini who studied in Wales and has done residencies in Berlin, now in Argentina and will spend the next two years in the United States while working at the famous Tamarind Institute.
Eirini is a subtle and minimalist artist, expert in lithography, which uses the technique to emphasize the poetic content of her work that meets both: the spontaneity and mathematical rigor.
The work produced during her residency in ´ace was presented on May 15th in the ´ace Nite: Crossroads opening. Accompanied by the music of the argentine composer, pianist and director Oscar Edelstein (La Paz, Argentina) and vocals from Deborah Claire Procter (Cardiff, Gales, UK), singer, performer and artist.
For my recent work I have used the potential of printmaking for variation and repetition. The drawings on the printing surface are printed in a sequence strictly following an arithmetical system of combinations that has been set. The drawing itself is quick, organic and personal as opposed to the system I follow for printing. Quick drawing allows me not to think. Not thinking is memory. Quick and non accomplished drawing means constant change, non engagement, indeterminacy, non understanding.
By simply playing with numbers, I interlace forms and let them surprise me. It is a game or exercise of detaching myself from the result and accepting it for what it is. I choose to draw and print on square format. The square- being self contained- challenges my intention for an indeterminate drawing. Moreover, the fixed and neutral shape of the square brings forward the composition and enhances its un-fixedness. From self- expression to self-alteration. Ordered marks, nonsense writing.
Eirini’s connection with the Argentine composer Oscar Edelstein started in Wales where she attended his workshop on Acoustic Theater. She got interested in the ideas of notation as “writing the musical space”, key to Oscar Edelstein’s research on Acoustic Theater. She found that this residency in Argentina would give her the opportunity to approach the composer and study with him more in profound the visual interpretation of musical space. In other words how rhythm, dynamics, density and so on can be organized in a visual language. For this project at ´ace she got as ticket to this journey the composer’s permission, to use La Mariposa sang by Deborah Claire Procter. Eirini regarded the title of this theme as symbolic to memory games and the sound of the Mariposas flight as a first step to the study of musical space and visual script.
1974 | Born in Greece
Lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
2013 | Professional Printmaking programme, Tamarind Institute. New Mexico, USA
2011 | MA, Printmaking – Lithography, School of Art, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
2009 | BA Drawing and Printmaking, School of Art, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
2010 | Hong Kong International Graphic Party
2011 | Northern Print international, New Castle, UK
She participated in several collective exhibitions in the UK and abroad with the printmakers of Aberystwyth
She has been invited by Paul Croft TMP to collaborate in the printing of Aberystwyth with the printing of the exchange portfolio of 2012
2013 | Internship, Keystone Editions, Berlin, Germany
2011 | School of Art in the Aristoteleion, Thessaloniki University, Greece
On May 15, the installation produced by Eirini Boustasi during his residency at the ‘ace Foundation was presented at’ aceNITE. The work on paper made with the waterless photolithography technique was built by combining 7 matrices systematized, resulting in a large 3 m2 cloth in which the original forms are subtly transformed into a gestural dance.
Facing and accompanying the rhythm of the system, the video made with the assistance of Javier Bilatz (Argentina) turns the same lines created by Eirini into motion. The musicalization is by the Argentine composer, pianist and director Oscar Edelstein (La Paz, Argentina) and the voice of the singer, artist and performer Deborah Claire Procter (Cardiff, Wales).
Erini Boutasi is the first Greek artist to work on ´ace. Although in times of globalization the origin by birth of an artist is disrupted by her experiences of constant transfer from one place to another. This is the case of Eirini who studied in Wales and has carried out residencies in Berlin, now in Argentina and will live the next two years in the United States while working at the famous Tamarind Institute. Eirini is a subtle and minimalist artist, an expert in lithography, who uses the perfection of her technique to underline the poetic content of her work, which combines both: spontaneity and mathematical rigor.
In my recent work I have used the potential for variation and repetition of engraving. The drawings on the printing surface are printed respecting a strict sequence that follows a pre-established arithmetic system of combinations. The drawing itself is quick, organic, and personal as opposed to the system I follow for printing. Fast drawing allows me not to think. Not thinking is memory. Quick and in-process drawings mean constant change, lack of commitment, indeterminacy, no understanding.
Just playing with the numbers, I intertwine shapes and let them surprise me. It is a game or exercise of stripping the result that I accept as it is. I choose to draw and print in square format. The square being self-contained, defies my intention to achieve an indeterminate drawing. Furthermore, the fixed and neutral figure of the square exposes the composition and enhances its indeterminacy. From expression to self-determination.
Neat marks, automatic writing, no sense.
We open the doors for the first ´aceNITE of the year, in Crossroads artists and very diverse works will meet on this special night. On Wednesday May 15 from 7:00 p.m. the opening of the exhibitions of two artists in residence took place, the first exhibition of the international project Crossover [KS-Bs.As] and an open studio.
In the Sala Políglota we will present 123 | 234 | 345 works that the Greek artist Erini Boutasi made during her residency in May. Her works establish a game between the gestural, the free and the determined.
In the Central Hall we will exhibit the works of the more than 20 international artists who participated in Crossover [KS-Bs.As]. This project explored the possibilities of collaborative work, the artists worked from matrices left by Miguel Rivera (Mexico), the artist who started the project.
Into Gondwana is the project of the South African artist in residence Frederick Clarke, you will be able to know his works that explore the unity, human and geographical, between the African and Latin American continent. In addition, you will be able to interact and learn about the work in progress of Felipe García (Colombia), an artist who is carrying out an intervention residency within which she will paint a mural on the terrace of ´ace as part of her project The Joy of Rebelion.
CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As]
Co-direction and session concept at Buenos Aires
Coordination and asistance
Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Volunteers at Workshop
Germán Sandoval Silva