Ibiza Poetry Prize, 2017
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Paul Kneale plays with the process of scanning. His paintings are a scanner’s interpretation of the immediate space above them; they are ‘open-copies’. Kneale is interested in what the appliance ‘sees’ and the interplay between its advanced technology and the cheap materials it is made from. Although the paintings are not figurative, they are in sense a scanner’s own reflection on traditional figurative concerns: space and light. The LED strip moves across the glass bed and records the lighting conditions, the air particles above the machine and the imperfections of the glass itself. The artist also varies the time it takes for a scan to be made: a long exposure scan results in a high-resolution rendering while a quick scan will appear in low-resolution. Kneale is then able to layer these different scans in order to create what he calls a ‘time-sandwich’: the artist’s own dendrochronology.
In ‘Ibiza Poetry Prize’, horizontal lines appear spliced together; set on different gradients the lines aggravate the sense of continuity expected of a scanned image.