When speaking on the implications of the digital age, artist Paul Kneale finds that “After this passing historical period ‘Art’, you have this new period ‘Internet'”. For Kneale, the reconstitution of art into digital replicas, and the expansive influence of new media upon perception and collective consciousness, constitutes an new era of art-making entirely.
The selected painting exemplifies Kneale’s interest in using digital technologies to confound the boundaries between mediums. Using image scanners, he generates effects reminiscent of traditionally applied media. Intangible expressions of light and physical impressions of RGB ink confluge in a composition derived from hybrid production methods. In Dogwhistle Minimalism, the artist brings together techniques used to create his scan transfers as well as his scanner paintings: indeed, the ‘ink blots’ that so prominently characterise this work are the by-product of the ink-and-acetone drippings occurring while creating his scan transfers.
In Dogwhistle Minimalism, pulsating, fluid forms of purple and pink float across a field of radiating horizontal lines. By integrating physical pigments into his process, Kneale distorts the distinctions between painting and photography.