Paul Kneale’s interest in the crossing, typical of our times, between rubbish and advanced technology, is evident in his latest series of sculptures, ‘Event Horizon’. Primarily composed of galvanized steel trash cans and hovering argon encased glass components, the sculptures came to the artist as an apparition while on Miami beach.
The ‘Event Horizon’ sculptures are part of a broader research project where Kneale represents cosmic truths or metaphysical questions through cheap, everyday objects. Specifically, the event horizon is the boundary of a black hole, characterized by a light halo. The most interesting phenomenon related to it is that an object approaching it will be seen, by an outside observer, slowing down infinitely without ever entering it. While the approaching object will be drawn to the region without escape, such optical illusion happens precisely as the gravitational field is so strong that no light can be reflected from within the hole.
The scale of the sculptures, and the fact that they emanate their own light, confers a meditative sense of spirituality to them: as if one were contemplating the materialisation of a metaphysical question. This is enhanced by the choice of employing argon and un-pigmented glass to create the halos, allowing the viewer to observe the movement of the gas within the glass tube, which makes them look almost alive.
“Into the trash, out of vision. The universe is an omnivore orifice”, Paul Kneale says. Event Horizon raises important questions about consumerism, interrogating our attitude towards globally accessible knowledge.