In Paul Kneale’s ongoing series of sculptures, quotidian objects are enlivened with the incandescent hues of custom-made neon lights. Named for the outer threshold of a black hole, the point where matter and lie disappear into the void, these Event Horizon – Space Junk works probe the extent of our daily interactions with digital technologies.
In a new installation staged in Brussels Belgium, Kneale presents his sculptures as space junk emanating across the gallery space. The selected work is one of two spherical mobiles installed in the room, each composed of mirrored metal fused into an all-seeing orb. The entirety of the gallery space is reflected on the surface of these works, their panoptic scope recalling the increasingly surveilled state fostered by technological developments. Structurally, these orbs recall an outmoded means of surveillance, taking their shape from the convex mirrors that monitor convenience stores. Considered amidst Paul Kneale’s other sculptures, cell towers, trash cans, and a central satellite dish, all reinvigorated with neon light, these works denote the omniscient range of digital perception.