Paul Kneale

Suggestions for You, 2017

Scan transfer on photo paper

29.7 x 21 cm

Between $ 1000 - 3000


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In the 1980s, the Computer became a domestic appliance and started being sold to the general public, becoming, eventually, the Personal Computer (PC). Paul Kneale, born in 1986, saw its evolution first hand, and, consequently, saw the world being progressively digitalised in the enigmatic dimension of the Internet.

Kneale translated his efforts in understanding the changes of visual representation and the trivialisation of reality in the Internet Era into his main artistic practice, questioning the place of fine arts in a new, digitalised society.

Kneale uses cheap, consumer-oriented, open scanners to capture the ‘atmosphere’ in his studio, digitalising it as it’s being scanned – and, then, obtaining its tangibility by printing it.

In order to obtain a faithful, yet abstract, depiction of his surroundings, Kneale captures the air above the scanner in his studio multiple times, being mindful of the light and atmospheric conditions in the room. Eventually, he layers his scans, allowing multiple moments in time to coexist on the same surface.

His inability to predict the final result, also, contrasts the predictability of digital renderings, generating a disorientating awareness of the digital; the PC, eventually, meets the crafts on a sheet of paper, which becomes a core element in Kneale’s scan transfers for its endless, possible uses. The A4 sheet of paper, thus, transcends its commonplace use by becoming a vessel of Kneale’s meditation on reality; Kneale prints his drawings in a A4 scale, deliberately connecting them to the scanner and the means of mass production – hence giving a physical manifestation to what was just a sterile computer file.

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.

His latest works are currently on show in the Contemporary Photography Forum exhibition of the Boca Raton Museum. 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

March 22nd, 2018 until
April 24th, 2018
Curated by ARTUNER