bio/ cv

Ela Boyd // CV

Originally from Hollywood, CA, Ela Boyd is currently living and working in London, UK. Boyd holds a BFA degree from the California College of Arts in San Francisco and an MFA degree from the University of California San Diego Visual Art. Through digital culture, phenomenology, media theory and film theory research, Ela Boyd investigates Ontology as instantiated through space, time and consciousness. Aware of the problematic terms ‘real’ and ‘virtual’, Boyd uses ‘actual’, ‘ontical’ and ‘extant’. Boyd has self published two books outlining her ontological theory in Refraction, Reflection, Projection and Instances Instantiate. Boyd posits the self and the object as having multiple instances simultaneously–a network of beingness spanning space and time via consciousness and media. Herein, Boyd rejects the semiotic representational image and positions the image as an actual instance of being. Rather than a methodology of representing, Boyd is engaged in presenting the image form as a presence that is actual in the instant of apprehension. In her practice, Boyd uses perception as both a concept and a medium. Her performance, video and light installation work realizes an experience of the multiplicity of being.

Ela Boyd performed in James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell installation as part of his recent retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and art spaces within California, including the Pacific Standard Time Exhibition, Phenomenal Light, Space and Surface at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art and Launch Gallery Los Angeles. She has attended an artist residencies at Wassaic Project New York, Ozu Cultural Center, Italy and Est Nord Est, Quebec. 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Expanded Cities, A Telematic Performance Triangulating Three Cities, Sediment Arts, Richmond, VA
2014 Expanded Cities, A Telematic Performance Triangulating Three Cities, Mexicali Rose, Mexicali, Mexico
2014 Expanded Cities, A Telematic Performance Triangulating Three Cities, Curio Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Instances Instantiate, MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCSD Visual Arts Dept SME space, San Diego, CA
2012 Reflected Self, UCSD Visual Arts Dept Gallery, San Diego, CA
2011 Reflection, Refraction, Projection, UCSD Visual Arts Dept Gallery, San Diego, CA
2005 Ephemeral Phenomena, Atelier Deluxe Musique/ADM project, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Alchemical Phenomena, Nexus Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2001 Window Installation, Art Institute of Boston, MA
2001 Objectivity/Seeing the Earth from Space Installation, Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici, Italy
2001 Perceive Installation, Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici, Italy
2000 Waterfall Window Projection Installation, Art Institute of Boston, MA

Group Exhibitions:

2014 Expanded Cities, Interactive Documentation, Arbeit Gallery, London, UK
2014 Sediment Arts Screening, Baltimore Alternative Arts Fair, Baltimore, MD
2013 MFA 2013 (graduating class), University Art Gallery, UCSD
2013 //Movement Multiplicity //Parallel Perspectives, UCSD Vis Arts Film Screening
2012 Miss M.E Multiplicity, Video Installation during Miss M.E’s musical performances
2012 New Institutions, UCSD MFA Visual Art Department, San Diego, CA
2012 Stellar Infinitum, Home Room, Los Angeles, CA
2012 POV, Projection on facade of Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
2011 UCSD Visual Dialogs, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA
2011 TNT: Phenomenal, Light, Space and Surface, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Pacific Standard Time Initiative, San Diego, CA
2011 Virtual Cities, Summer Salon Series, San Diego Musuem of Art, San Diego, CA
2011 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
2011 In Response to Theses Past, (in conjunction with UCSD MFA open studios), UCSD MFA Visual Art Department Gallery, San Diego, CA
2011 Slide Projector, Agitprop, San Diego, CA 
2011 Many Worlds, Many Times, ARTifact Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, CA
2011 Practice Diagrams, UCSD MFA Visual Art Department Gallery, San Diego, CA 
2011 Actualities, Window Installation, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Future Show, UCSD MFA Visual Art Department Gallery, San Diego, CA

2010 Bottomless Swap Meet, UCSD MFA Visual Art Department Gallery, San Diego, CA
2010 UCIRA Conference Open Studios, UCSD MFA Visual Art Department, San Diego, CA
2010 Concatenation, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Room to Read Auction, Saint Vibiana, Los Angeles, CA
2010 International Mail Art Exhibition, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2009 New and Improved II, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Open Call LA, Barnsdall Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Wisdom Within Us, Create:Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Through the Looking Glass, Salon Oblique, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Works on Paper, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 New and Improved, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Art Montreal, Dare Dare, Montreal, Canada
2006 Small Wonders, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Photo SF, San Francisco, CA
2006 Bitscapes, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Summer Survey, Lawrence Ascher Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 A Galinha Da Vizinha e Melhor Que A Minha, 555, Portugal, Spain
2005 Small Wonders, Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Unbound, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Superfuzz, Montmartre, Hollywood, CA
2005 Love, Atelier Deluxe Musique/ADM project, Hollywood, CA
2005 Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Best of the Bay, SOMA Arts and Artwork SF, SOMA Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Summer in the City, New Expressions RX Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Luminous Glass, Venusian Gardens, New Orleans, LA as part of the Annual International Glass Art Society Conference
2004 Artists Rise, Guerilla Gallery, 2nd + Folsom, San Francisco, CA
2003 13 Artists 1 Street,Guerilla Gallery Jupiter, Berkeley, CA
2002 Space Time Continuum, Outdoor Installation Joaquin Miller, Oakland, CA
2000 Emerald Necklace, Outdoor Installation at the Emerald Necklace Riverway Boston, MA
1999 Dualities, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

Artist in Residence/ Instruction/Professional Experience:

2013 Performance Art Assistant, Perceptual Cell, James Turrell Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
2013 Artist In Residence Ozu Rome, Italy
2010-2013 TA for Media, Writing and Computing in the Arts courses UCSD undergraduate program, San Diego, CA

2012 Artist In Residence Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
2005 Artist In Residence Le Centre Sculptuer Est Nord Est, Saint Jean Port Joli, Quebec, Canada
2005 Image Transfer Workshop Instructor, Le Centre Sculptuer Est Nord Est, Quebec, Canada

Curatorial Experience:

2012 Hyperstudio, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

Publications :

2013 Instances Instantiate Limited Edition (15) Artist Book
2011 Reflection, Refraction, Projection Limited Edition (25) Artist Book

Education:

2010-2013 University of California San Diego, Visual Arts Department, MFA, Russel Grant Recipient
2001-2003 California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA BFA Individualized Major, Merit Scholarship, Dean’s List, Sculpture and Installation, using: glass, video, new media, sound and light, visual criticism
2000 Scoula Lorenzo Di Medici, Florence, Italy Art History, sculpture, video and Italia
1998-2001 Art Institute of Boston
, Boston, MA Photography Major, Merit Scholarship, Dean’s List, Fine Art Photography, medium and large format, black & white and color printing, alternative process, documentary photo, visual criticism, sculpture and philosophy


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