Paul Kneale’s ‘scanner paintings’ are cross-categorical: using cheap digital scanners to capture the ever-shifting atmosphere of a space, the artist’s work blurs the lines between painting, photography and digital art to create a wholly novel abstraction of space and time.
The scanner gathers and interprets the light conditions of Kneale’s studio in the form of a digital image, then modified by environmental circumstances and influenced by the artist’s decisions.
‘Unreconstructed Emotionalist’ (2019) is particularly illustrative of Kneale’s ability to make tangible both gradual light changes and immediate, sharp distortions of reality; soft pink and dark grey nebulae, underscored by a deep green base, are splattered with bright, fluorescent pink and yellow flecks. Each layer of the work adds new depth and dimension to the space, as gentle indigo emerges from below the stronger, more recent tonal layers.
Though not figurative, viewers can begin to envision the light elements of the studio as they transitioned from dusky to bright and can likewise sense the intensity with which a glitch or sudden change can immediately and permanently warp the image. In turn, the artist and his scanners are also a mediator between the viewer and a parallel world, warping and interpreting reality in engrossing new ways.