Synthespians by Adam Boyd

12 Jul 2019 – 9 Aug 2019

Event times

Preview: Friday 12th of July, 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: 12th of July - 11th of August
Six Foot Gallery is based within the ground floor of the Pentagon Centre, 36 Washington Street just off Argyle Street, easily accessible from Glasgow Central Station.

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Six Foot Gallery

Scotland, United Kingdom


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  • Anderston Station

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Join us at Six Foot Gallery for a new exhibition by Showcase 2019 exhibitor Adam Boyd!


Synthespian: a computer-generated three-dimensional character, either in a wholly animated film or in one that is a mixture of live action and computer animation.

The title of Adam Boyd’s current exhibition refers to a rapidly evolving form of cinematic performance, where human traits and behaviours can be translated through data capture. This vestige of human performance is often subject to various forms of transfiguration in blockbuster movies.
The small scale of Boyd’s recent paintings tends to reject the spectacle of the big screen, in favour of a more intimate and obsessional translation of the figure. The reference images employed in the production of these works have been gleaned from paparazzi shots, illicitly taken during the awkward pre-production stage from several multi-million dollar releases. The resulting, close-cropped figurative paintings, revel in the description of the body reduced to a geometric formula. In Boyd’s rejection of spectacular scale, an emphasis on the physical characteristics of the paint layer is privileged, this movement from the virtual towards the material encourages associations with other cultural and art historical precedents.

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