Paul Kneale: Recycling

3 October to 29 November, 2020
Glenhyrst Art Gallery


Paul Kneale, Smoking Ozone (2019), inkjet on canvas, 198cm x 147cm.

In this exhibition Brantford artist Paul Kneale examines the physical dimensions of digital imagery. Influenced by the histories of scanography and xerography, Kneale uses inexpensive flatbed scanners to produce large scale scanner paintings. His approach simultaneously breaks from the canon of Modernist abstraction while leading contemporary painting in new directions.

Using an unpredictable and laborious process, Kneale builds layers of low and high-resolution scans with the machine’s lid open and nothing resting in the copy bed. What is captured by the scanner are traces of ambient light contained in the ether of the artist’s studio that, when gathered together, forge a complete image.

These “impressions,” as he describes them, have found their way into previous works and will again be utilized in the future, signaling a recycling of visual archetypes into new compositions. Moreover, Kneale’s scanner paintings stretch the expanses of space-time by overlaying quick low-res scans over slow high-res scans so that particular moments and atmospheres are documented. Not only does this allow viewers to read Kneale’s work as paintings, scans, or photography, but it also opens their interpretation to a form of experimental cinema.

Kneale questions how the Information Age and cyberspace have undermined and dehumanized intimate and collective relationships. To counteract this, his impressions are approached as layers of flesh that reintroduce human elements into the cold frame of the digital image.

About the Artist
Paul Kneale was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1986. He received a BA in Visual Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK) in 2011. His work has been shown at galleries and museums across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Boca Raton Museum, Centre Pompidou Metz, and the Thetis Gardens in Venice, Italy. He has taught art studio at the Zurich University of Arts and has contributed theoretical articles to Frieze and Spike magazines. In 2019, Kneale unveiled Flat Earth Visa, a site-specific installation for the hillscape surrounding the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, Italy. His work resides in several public and private art collections globally. Kneale lives and works in Brantford, Ontario.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabeg and Haudenosaunee Peoples. The City of Brantford is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land originally promised to the Haudenosaunee Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

Paul Kneale acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, ARTUNER, and Paul & Margot Kneale.

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