Paul Kneale

Blue Chip vs Blue Pill, 2017

Scan transfer on photo paper

29.7 x 21 cm

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Paul Kneale’s work is interested in the mechanisation of society, which he examines through a manifestation of the digital.

Kneale’s work on “Post-Art Internet” age is largely influential in regards to this scan transfer. Kneale takes a medias res look at dealing with the impact of the web through this ‘slice of life’ scan. His painting is not a mechanical representation of the elements of reality, but an elaborated reinterpretation of them. An interpretation which has been programmed according to both the gaze of the human eye and by digital devices. This piece is a continuation of his scanner works project whereby he purposefully misuses scanner machines and creates low and high resolution scans from nothing placed on the copy-bed in order to capture the atmosphere of his studio. The resulting image is then printed on canvas, or photographic paper in this case, where it acquires a collection of acidic colours and expressive shapes.

By overlapping high and low resolution scans with one another, Kneale creates what he refers to as “time sandwiches”. This way, several moments in time co-exist and are captured over the same surface and through a combinatorial diachronic and synchronic approach, he succeeds in capturing immaterial entities such as space and time, elements which always elude human perception.

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

March 22nd, 2018 until
April 24th, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER