Andras Mengyan

"I’m working with  “VISUAL SPACE POLYPHONY” (SIMULTANEOUS SPACE VISION.) in two and more than two dimensions. “Visual Space Polyphony” means independent events that happen in space and time simultaneously and subsequently, and articulate together consonance and/or dissonance."

Interactions I, Acrylic on canvas 250 x 200 cm
17D (Seventeen Dimensional) Twin Space, String, PVC Tubes, UV Light 360 x 270 x 180 cm
Sound Garden, Painted aluminum and plastic, sensors, sound generators, UV Light 540 x 300 x 260 cm
The City (Lights At Night), Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm
Traveling Of Light, Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

"In order to make my ideas and artworks easier to understand, let’s take an imaginary walk through an imaginary town. On our walk, we experience innumerable things simultaneously. Traffic streams by, people pass us, birds fly overhead, tantalizing smells waft from a bakery shop, the grinding of gears annoys us as we nibble a croissant. As we walk the streets, a great diversity of stimuli bombards us, imparting an overall impression of the town.

How do we arrive at an overall idea of something complex—like this town—that we never seen completely and in the same moment? What kinds of mechanisms create for us a personal, subjective impression? And going a step further, we can even imagine—fiction today, but possible to envision given current technology—that the entire town and all its contents and events are transparent, like an image generated by a CT or PET/CT scanner. The image we see might appear chaotic and unpredictable; however, we can take it in and make sense of it more or less.

Such observations motivated me to investigate three questions:

a. How is it possible to grasp the experience of a simultaneously perceived environment in its many layers, integrating perceptions over time, to reflect changes in the environment?   b. Is there is any way to record this type of experience visually?   c.  Is a three-dimensional structure appropriate to do this?

As we know, perception is a highly complex process. During our walk around town, all of our senses were active and simultaneously registered the events around us. Since our environment was constantly changing and we ourselves were in motion, we perceived large numbers of simultaneous stimuli again and again. We required thousands of such sequences to form an overview of the town. We were able to perceive our surroundings holistically because our brains integrated our perceptions—both simultaneous and sequential—and filled in missing information.

These observations about perception led me to a kind of visual solution in my work, which I refer to as “POLYPHONIC VISUAL SPACE” or “Simultaneous Spatial View.” For me, “POLYPHONIC VISUAL SPACE” means the harmonization, both simultaneously and in sequence, of events taking place in space, often independent of one other. I searched for terms to help me visualize solutions, for example stereometric, simultaneity, transparency, segmentation, multidimensionality, multiple viewpoints, layering and new technologies. These ideas expressed visually are present in all of my works either singly or in combination. The “Programmable Laser bonfire” displayed in the Kinetica Anniversary Show titled ‘The Thin Veil’ show only one example what I described above." 

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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