Paul 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. Kneale’s opus considers the implications of algorithm and the technological flux of the information age.
Within this composition Kneale makes use of the vibrancy of hues and an obscuration of colours which work to create iridescent disparity within the frame. The work is strikingly colourful, yet the colour palette falls between two categories. The first is bright and pastel colours, using blue, greens and pinks. The second is darker, almost black and works to highlight the contrast and create a jarring sense of dissonance. There is an unrelenting energy about the piece which is created through this use of pigment, demanding for it to be seen and felt.
The use of the scanner painting technique, pioneered by Kneale, lends itself to the idea of abstract expressionism. However Kneale makes it clear that his works are not abstract; on the contrary, by scanning the atmosphere of the room over and over again, he captures a physical reality, but because the (mundane) machines he employs can see with a detail far beyond human capacity, his compositions look abstract.
Indeed, Paul Kneale examines the way in which the machine itself sees and captures the world.