Paul Kneale is a Canadian artist whose works give tangible form to digital entities, probing the often unseen implications of ubiquitous technologies. Through his scanner paintings, he extrapolates ephemeral aspects of space that go undetected by the human eye, giving vivid form to qualities of light and atmosphere. Each exposure renders an image that is then printed onto canvas, the layering of multiple scans creating what Kneale describes as a ‘time-sandwich’. In these paintings, the effects generated are entirely the result of the device’s own perceptual capabilities, the artist acting as editor and image-maker.
The selected work marks an evolved application of Kneale’s signature process, manipulating the scanning process in order to impart painterly effects, reminiscent of manual applications of pigment, as smears of ink appear as palpable expressions of black paint. Vibrant lines of neon blue compose another layer, invoking the schematics of digital sight. Fusing components of painting to digital photography, Paul Kneale presents a protean work emblematic of the expressive potential of the digital.