Paul Kneale

Sfumato TTYL, 2018

Inkjet on Canvas

210.8 × 147.3 cm


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Description

Paul Kneale is a visionary and an interpret of the constant flow of data and information exchanged in our new, digitised, era. His scanner paintings are translations of several atmospheric impressions captured with a domestic scanner.

The conceptual evolution of the atmospheric qualities of the space as perceived by the digital (the scanner) into tangible canvases reverses the shrinkage of the real in a repetitive binary code through digitization.

His series Sfumato, exhibited as part of Compression in Brussels, Belgium, references the traditional painterly practice of the sfumato in the smoky shades of grey blending on the canvas.

A nod to his earlier American Night series, and Hollywood production techniques, the dark palette of the Sfumato works originates from being created in extremely bright light conditions. The petroleum-like colours and expressive shapes giving movement and depth to the canvas derive by what Kneale defines as ‘productive misuse’ of his scanners: by breaking and overworking them, they each yield different, characteristic effects, which the artist employs as his own unique set of paintbrushes.

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.

Work by Kneale have been included in the exhibition Peindre la Nuit at Centre Pompidou Metz (October 2018). Some of his latest scanner paintings were recently on show in the Contemporary Photography Forum exhibition of the Boca Raton Museum (Florida, USA). 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.

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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

May 3rd, 2018 until
May 31st, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER