I’m happy to announce the launch of our autumn Spotlight, an exhibition of new works by Paul Kneale. From the time of our group show, Studioscape: South London, we’ve worked very closely with Paul and I am very excited about our future collaborations. Since then, he’s launched an e-book with David Roberts and appeared in group shows in Berlin and in SALTS, Basel. I am really passionate about Paul’s work and I am looking forward to seeing his practice evolving in time. This Spotlight exhibition will be followed by a large scale project in a historic baroque palace, that opens November 5th in Turin.
This curation features four new works from the artist’s ‘Post-post-post-Production’ series. Also known as ‘scanner paintings’, these pieces explore the artist’s preoccupation with the digital/physical divide. They’re made through the use of various scanner-printers, implemented by the artist as a sort of paint-brush set. Differently to the majority of the artists who work with digital media, Paul Kneale’s practice requires a long, laborious, manual process from the artist. Indeed, the resulting artwork is intended as a painting.
His work deals with some of the most traditional, yet elusive themes of this medium, such as the representation of light and the capturing of time. By leaving the scanner’s lid open and superimposing numerous scans realised at different speeds and resolutions, the artist achieves a ‘time-sandwich’. This is what gives the works their exceptional depth, which irresistibly draws in the viewer. By virtue of exploring these classic topics through technology, Paul pioneers the field and creates artworks that are innovative and very relevant to contemporary society.
Different scans create different patterns, according to the digital pixels-per-inch resolution at which they’re made. This is done in conjunction with Paul Kneale’s manipulation of the ambiance surrounding the scanners, which effects texture and tonality. The scanner paintings fit into a wider practice dealing with the essence of digital life: from freeware, to SEO, to performance pieces. Paul is acutely aware of the ontological difference between analogue and digital photographic process. While classic photography consists of an indexical sign ‘traced’ by light on a photo-sensitive material, namely film, digital photographic sensors merely imitate the process.
Eugenio Re Rebaudengo