A Canadian artist born in 1986, Paul Kneale sees the urban landscape as a composition of shapes interacting with one another. His sculptural practice finds its growing place in the meeting point between ‘new abject’ and ‘the ordinary’ in the employment of everyday objects as points of transition of data.
The narrative of the exchange of information and of their disposal is consistent in Kneale’s sculptures; the composition features a blind, upside-down satellite dish – ubiquitous presence in the urban landscape that becomes uncanny under Kneale’s eye.
The viewer is left with a sense of estrangement, not of connectedness, while looking at the skeleton of the satellite dish hanging upside-down from the ceiling; it is reminiscent of both the typically urban satellite dish and of the cosmic debris floating over Earth – but separates itself from both concepts with its hollow concave shape.
The dish looks on the exhibition space in Brussels, Belgium – discreetly, yet noticeably with its custom-made glass halo, glowing with noble gases of neon and argon – essential elements of the interstellar landscape.