Paul Kneale

Active Now, 2018

Inkjet on Canvas

210.8 x 147.3 cm


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Description

Paul Kneale is compelled by the pervasive implications of the digital age, especially as it influences perception. Art’s sublimation into the digital sphere has dissolved the categorical distinctions between mediums, as uniform, digital image files are the prevailing mode in which it is encountered. In his practice, Kneale probes, and blurs, these boundaries between mediums, creating paintings expressive of digital perspectives. Using, and misusing, cheap, commercial grade scanners, he captures impressions of atmosphere and space. These devices are capable of detecting color, form, and movement that is imperceptible to the human eye, and Kneale’s experimental manipulations push the extent of their sensory capabilities.

Possessing an attuned awareness of the mechanics of scanners, Kneale understands how to elicit the most painterly of effects. Vibrant and gestural, Active Now is exemplary of Kneale’s interest in conflating the boundaries of expressive mediums. Relating the movements of scanners to the strokes of a paintbrush, Kneale considers ontological similarities between digital imaging and painting. In the selected work, melding swathes of pale blue and magenta lap against geometric layers of orange and lime green horizontal lines, all coated by palpable splotches of magenta. By compiling these individual exposures into a multi-layered painting, Kneale presents a composite representation of space as seen by the digital.

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.

His latest works are currently on show in the Contemporary Photography Forum exhibition of the Boca Raton Museum. In the past year, his works have been featured in 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.

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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

May 3rd, 2018 until
May 31st, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER