Adoring crowds worshiping 1980s computer monitors as mothers to be stare at smartphone screens and dejected computerised youths slump in the street. This is an exhibition by the Belfast based street artist and printmaker, Leo Boyd.

You can take in the whole arty blurb at face value, or as I did, just look at the prints and decide if you like them.

As someone with a passion for totalitarian style of art, much of the works very much appealed, being a recreation of Communist idealism of the state as represented by the Computer.

Others show a fusing of the mind and machine, as people with 1990s style computers for brains stare down at their replacements, the modern smartphone. Holding in their hands magnitudes more brainpower than in their head.

As an artist, Boyd originally trained as a painter, and some of the prints have been taken from painted collages he has worked on. Others show the backing materials such as packing cases with their original labels.

Each of the prints is also hand touched, so while they are prints, they are also individual works of art.

The art is also unusually affordable, which caused your correspondent to leave quickly lest the credit card escaped its confines.

The exhibition, Welcome to the Simulation is at the Atom Gallery in Stoke Newington until 26th May. The gallery is open Wed-Sat 11-6pm.

If you walk in to the gallery just after listening to a bit of Kraftwek, it probably helps.


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