Paul Kneale

OK Hole, 2017

Inkjet on Canvas

200 x 140 cm


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Paul Kneale’s scanner paintings question the emergence of the digital as a system of vision. His subversive technique involves the use of multiple scanner machines instead of the traditional paintbrush set in order to create non-figurative paintings. Although Kneale begins the creation of his works always with the same action – scanning the space and light above the empty copy bed keeping the lid open – the final results are endlessly varied. The artist often refers to the scanners as having each a different personality, capable of yielding different results. Through experimentation and experience of such unusual visual lexicon, Kneale has indeed become nimble enough to harness the appliance’s potential and orchestrate it to create captivating symphonies of textures and colours.

‘OK Hole’ displays some of the most iconic traits of Paul Kneale’s scanner paintings. The severe horizontal lines gradually fade and interlace with the sensuous dunes of creased acetate sheets. The different strata of the work beacon at the viewer from a background of haziness and darkness; akin to the process of remembering, these layers bear the traces of the passage of time. Indeed, the so-called ‘time-sandwiches’ are created when the artist superimposes quick, low-resolution scans to slow, high-definition ones: it is archaeology in reverse.

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.


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

February 28th, 2017 until
April 15th, 2017
Curated by ARTUNER