Paul Kneale

Automatically join known networks, 2019

Inkjet on Canvas

190 × 147 cm


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Description

Paul Kneale makes use of inexpensive, mass-market digital scanners to capture the light conditions in the artist’s studio over a period of time, in turn layering and manipulating multiple scans to create a final product that Kneale likens to a ‘time sandwich’.

This temporal element to the works introduces a unique variable to each piece: changes in light, scanner glitches and artist manipulation add an abstract figuration to the auratic layers of each piece, creating unique images that dissolve the borders between painting, photography and new media art.

In ‘Automatically join known networks’ (2019), the foreground of the piece strikes the viewer with its bold, saturated lime hue and teal accents. Here, Paul Kneale offers hints at the many layers through the superimposition of broad, brooding digital brushstrokes upon brighter, amoeba-like shapes. The scanner’s sensitivity works in tandem with Kneale’s artistic vision to form subtle halos of colour and sharp cyan scratches of the foreground edges.

‘Automatically join known networks’ captivates the viewer with its bold dynamic and envelops them in glowing green light. The resulting image is an auratic abstraction of time — a capture of both atmospheric essence and distinctly singular moments in a reality mediated by digital technology and Paul Kneale’s distinct vision.

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

May 22nd, 2019 until
August 31st, 2019
Curated by ARTUNER