Paul Kneale, born in Canada in 1986, is a witness of his time: as the computer started to become a commonplace appliance in the 1980s, to Kneale, growing older also meant seeing reality being simplified into digital language – to eventually become countless files encompassed by the rapidly expanding dimension of the Internet.
Kneale focuses on the loss in translation from tangible to intangible, questioning how such change could influence visual art. His practice reverses the process of digitalisation, as it gives a physical manifestation to the intangible: he uses domestic scanners to capture the ambient light above them multiple times, in order to obtain an overall impression of the environment.
In his new series, Kneale implements a new painterly style to his original scanning method; the scan’s print drips and melts in an acetone solution, as Kneale transfers it from a sheet of photographic paper to another surface: a by-products of his scan transfers series. Eventually, Kneale overlaps the transparencies, scans them, and prints the final result on a large scale canvas.
The final artwork features the raw, vibrant inks of the printer blending into one another in straight lines and softer shapes – fading in the background, in a new technique that resembles a watercolour brushstroke.