FROL BOUNDIN

Artist Biography

Frol Boundin was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 1974. He received his initial artistic training in the traditions of social realism from his grandfather the painter Victor Boundin, as well as at the Leningrad School of General Arts. He moved to the United States in 1990 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. During the following 10 years, Mr. Boundin lived and worked in Chicago, focusing on large-scale abstract paintings and prints, as well as collaborative installations and graphic design projects with local arts community organizations.

In 2013, Mr. Boundin received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico. Recent exhibitions include Atlanta Print Biennale, Beyond Printmaking, and the Boston Printmakers Biennale, as well as his critically acclaimed solo exhibitions “Last Monuments” at Albuquerque’s Society for Contemporary Art and “Etchings, Monoprints, Series” at Sea Islands Art Center, Beaufort, SC Most recently his work was featured in the “Artists on Art” program at the El Paso Museum of Art, as well as “South Carolina 2018 Biennale” at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, “Art Fields 2018” and others.

From 2014 to 2018 Mr. Boundin has taught at the University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Instructor of printmaking. Recently Mr. Boundin has relocated to Southern California and opened a private print studio – “Rosewood Press” that specializes in Intaglio and Monotype printmaking, as well as digital photography and book arts.

Artist Statement

My work explores the impact the symbolic structures have on the formation of personal memories and the mechanisms by which temporal experience can be expressed in two dimensional form. The human transformation of landscapes, and the evolution of artificial and natural elements into symbiotic ecologies, I see as monuments to the changing of our perception of the past and present.

Archaeology of the post-industrial landscape inspire compositions that function as palimpsests and are assembled from a variety of sources. I search for banal objects that have been elevated to the status of a monument by careful placement or restoration. I seek items that are absorbed back into the landscape by a natural process of decay. In all, a process of discovery drives me; the act of "finding" is central to this work.

Just as in the landscape, the discarded remnants of our industrial past become habitats for a viewer’s memories and day dreams, the forms, colors, and textures of my prints provoke the viewer to reflect on a personal history. In this work, the relationship between different materials and techniques forms a poetic environment of reflections and associations.

Exhibitions

2013 Boston Printmakers 2013 Biennale, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

2013 Objects and Landscapes, San Diego Art Department, San Diego, California 

2013 Last Monuments, SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2013 Speak to Me: 19th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibit, University of New Mexico Art Museum,

        Albuquerque, New Mexico

2013 Body in Flux, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, Illinois

2012 Judicial Notice V, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012 Collective Dreams: Prints & Memories, Chicago Art Department, Chicago Illinois

2012 Emerging Aesthetics, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2012 On Water Bodies, themed portfolio, SGC International, New Orleans, Louisiana

2012 Print, Printed, Printing, Highlands University, Las Vegas, Nevada

2012 American Impressions, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey

2012 Global Matrix, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

2012 Beyond Printmaking, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

2011 Atlanta Print Biennial, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 On the Spectrum: Color Conceived, Juried Student Art Exhibition, University of New Mexico,

        Albuquerque, New Mexico

2011 New View, Graduate Art Association Juried Show, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2010 At First Sight, AC2, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008 Salvage One Project, Alter Ego Collective, Chicago, Illinois

2008 Chicago Art Open, Chicago, Illinois

2007 Emerging Artist Group Show, Moka Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007 Printer Proofs, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007 AMALGAM, AllRise Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007 Still working on it... Studio E, Chicago, Illinois

2006 Chicago - St. Petersburg Artists' Union Exhibition Center, St. Petersburg, Russia

2006 St. Petersburg Artists' Union Fall 2006 Review, St. Peterburg, Russia

2006 Group Show, Blake Palmer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2004 3030 Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

2004 Scitzowave Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003 For Lease, Gallery 2578, Chicago, Illinois

2003 10 by 10, Veridian Gallery, New York, New York

2002 Around the Coyote Winter Arts Festival, Chicago, Illinois

2002 Exquisite Corps, Gallery 2578, Chicago, Illinois

2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Show, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

Curatorial Experience

2013 Objects and Landscapes, San Diego Art Department, San Diego, California

2012 Collective Dreams: Prints & Memories, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, Illinois

2012 Emerging Aesthetics, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008 Alter Ego Collective, Salvage One Project, Chicago, Illinois

2006 AMALGAM, AllRise Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2006 Still working on it... Studio E, Chicago, Illinois

2003 For Lease, Gallery 2578, Chicago, Illinois

 

Education

2013 Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication, Printmaking, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

Teaching

2013 - 2014 Visiting Professor, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

2012 - 2013 Instructor of Record, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2010 - 2011 Graduate Assistant, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2003 - 2004 Technical Assistant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

Professional Activities

2012 - 2013 Printmaking Faculty Search Committee Member, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2011 - 2012 Director, John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2011 - 2012 President, University of New Mexico Print Club, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2010 - 2011 Secretary, University of New Mexico Print Club, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Publications

2013 March, Memory in Ruins, New Mexico Compass

2013 May, All These Thesis: Frol Boundin, Printeresting

2013 Speak to Me, Graduate Art Association, University of New Mexico, Juried Show Catalog

2012 December, Blue Mesa Review

2012 American Impressions, National Juried Show Catalog

2012 Beyond Printmaking, National Juried Show Catalog

2012 Global Matrix, National Juried Show Catalog

2011 December, Club Prints A Community, Daily Lobo

2011 November, Fine Print, Jezebel Magazine

2011 New View, Graduate Art Association, University of New Mexico, Juried Show Catalog

2008 Chicago Art Open 2008, Exhibition Catalog

2006 November, St. Petersburg Artists' Union Fall 2006 Review

2005 January, Triangulate, New Artist's Magazine

 

Awards

2012 Phyllis Muth Scholarship, University of New Mexico

2012 Graduate Research and Travel Grant, University of New Mexico

2012 Student Research and Development Grant, University of New Mexico

2011 Phyllis Muth Scholarship, University of New Mexico

2011 Jurors Choice Award, Atlanta Print Biennial, Atlanta, Georgia