Approved: 19.11.2008

Eleni Zagkali

Artist

Approved: 19.11.2008

The concepts that permeate and inform my practice involve fiction in an evolving, contemporary context and in extent examine how this shapes and reflects on our collective consciousness.

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  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Mixed media, Painting
  • Tags: 2d, digital, oil painting, video game, screen, cityscape, virtual, wood, oil, painting, panel, silver, glitch
 

Biography

The concepts that permeate and inform my practice involve fiction in an evolving, contemporary context and in extent examine how this shapes and reflects on our collective consciousness.

My painting investigates digital space and the ways we construct, inhabit, formulate and interact within it and draws on video games worlds' imagery and narrative. I am particularly interested in the ways fiction is branching out into this hybrid format, which overlaps the actual and the virtual through active user immersion and interaction.

I examine video game play as a parallel reality of simulated story worlds and a narrative-building medium that arises out of interactive fiction. In extent, my practice is concerned in how virtual space and exchange challenge human behaviour, perception and pre-existing spatial and social boundaries.

On another level, I explore the ability and potential in a traditional medium such as painting to draw on, absorb and interpret contemporary visual languages, media and technologies and render new meanings.

As my main visual source I use photographic stills shot during game play and, within these, identify and interconnect contrasting concepts:

- Virtual/actual space (imagery from the virtual world itself as well as the constraints of the screen that contains it)

- Representative/abstract elements (clear references combined with blurry incidents in motion or technical glitches)

Painting as a medium allows me to further my understanding of these simultaneous and often fleeting occurrences and elaborate on further visual narrative through experimentation.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2002 - MA Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London

2001 - BA Painting, School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University, Greece

 

Group exhibitions

2013 - The Marmite Prize IV, Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow; Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art; Tannery Arts at Drawing Room, London, UK

2012 - Bow Arts Open Show 2012, Bermondsey Project Space, London 

2011 - Arts Centred, Beldam Gallery, Uxbridge

2011 - The landlady and the passing clouds, Omirou 41, Greece

2010 - Overground uncovered, London Transport Museum, London

2010 - BHVU Winter Open '10, BHVU Gallery, London

2010 - Big Trouble, Little bedroom: 10 contemporary commandments, Kent University, Kent, UK

2009 - (In) parentheses, The Whitechapel Gallery, London

2009 - artWorks Open, artWorks ProjectSpace, London 2009 - Drawing with Dolphins, Crimes Town Gallery, London

2009 - Food for thought, Guildhall, Winchester

2009 - The Disciples of Lucas Cranach, Utrophia Project Space, London

2008 - Three By Three (2), Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, London

2004 - En Route, Gallery Dreams, Seoul, Korea

2003 - Touch'n'Go, Space 44, London