Paul Kneale

1000 Years of Sunshine Now, 2015

Digital Print on Linen

198.1 × 139.7 cm


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Artwork
Description

Paul Kneale’s familiarity with issues of digital versus physical reality is evident in his use of scanner technology to create the paintings of the ‘Post-post-post-production’ series, which blur the bounds between the two worlds. The works ambiguously inhabit both realms, serving as a reflection on temporality, the digital age and traditional artistic means.

Kneale is very interested in pointing at the ontological difference between film-based photographic process and the digital one, which is very similar to that employed by the scanner-printers used to generate his paintings. By leaving the machine’s lid open, Kneale manages to capture those elements that exist at the periphery of traditional systems of representation: atmosphere, light conditions and the technology’s glitches and labour. Moreover, the artist’s fascination with what he defines as ‘high-tech garbage’ – namely the flimsy consumer-grade scanner equipment – sparks considerations on today’s globalised consumerist economy.

The meditative quality of Kneale’s paintings is the result of the ‘time sandwich’ that makes the various layers of these works possible. He superimposes fast low resolutions scans to slow high definition ones, while feeding transparencies through the printing function of the machine. The resulting image looks incredibly deep: the different layers are all visible, like the mineral strata that constitute the flank of a ridge.

As Paul Kneale notes, each scanner has its own idiosyncratic personality – in the sense that they all respond to light and misuse in different ways – which leads to very singular chromatic arrangements. ‘1000 Years of Sunshine Now’ is very intense: it bears the palette of a fiery tropical sunset sky.

About
the artist

Born in 1986 in Canada, Paul Kneale received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (London) in 2011 and has been working closely with ARTUNER since early 2015. Work by Kneale have been included in the exhibition Peindre la Nuit at Centre Pompidou Metz (October 2018), Contemporary Photography Forum exhibition of the Boca Raton Museum (Florida, USA), the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, the Rubell Family Collection and at the prestigious Thetis Gardens in the Arsenale Novissimo (Venice), in a group exhibition on view during La Biennale di Venezia 57°. He lives and works in Toronto.

Paul Kneale is interested in how the world is constantly translated into a digital language which simplifies, trivialises and depersonalises content and the people it addresses. The artist explores the way in which digital facets of our existence can be manifested and reimagined in the flesh of the physical object. The artist has been manipulating cheap scanners to generate a unique way of painting. Rather than capturing an image, the scanner creates an impression of the ambient light within the artist’s studio, bearing the abstract visual trace of the atmosphere surrounding the machine. The process is integral to his new works: the scanner paintings are built up from unique impressions and display multiple layers and striations often between transparent sheets and the colours resulting from varying light conditions in the artist’s studio.

The contrast between machines and their serial products results in what Paul Kneale defines as the “new abject”. In response to Julia Kristeva’s 1980 text ‘Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection’, the artist identifies a “new abject” for the information technology. Describing today’s inherent revulsion for brand new materials, he pinpoints a disorientation in the consciousness of time and location, caused by our immaterial inhabitation of new technologies. This sentiment is embodied in works which often address, in original and innovative ways and media, the simultaneity and layering occurring in our ever-linked virtual existences. Kneale, in an interview with i-D, defines the Internet as ‘a whole way of being in the world’. His practice aims at investigating the role of art in this new enigmatic dimension. Paul Kneale is an artist that explores the possible physical manifestations of the digital. His oeuvre reflects on the implications of algorithms and information flux. While these may seem very abstract entities, they constitute and shape our domestic daily environment. To follow Paul Kneale and receive exclusive updates, click here.


Kneale is interested in how the world is constantly translated into a digital language which simplifies, trivialises and depersonalises content and the people it addresses. The artist explores the way in which digital facets of our existence can be manifested and reimagined in the flesh of the physical object.


Paul Kneale
on Artuner

Part of the
exhibition

September 24th, 2015 until
November 13th, 2015
Curated by ARTUNER