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Ned Meneses
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artist statement | technical statement | process

artist statement
Sometimes art is about the journey. While I worked on this two-part artwork, I constantly had thoughts of why I followed a certain route, and that became a compositional dimension in itself.

This work deals with taking compositions that are very much separate, and linking or joining them to make new ones. Combining segments works much like trying to combine stories; without guidance they would lead to confusion and incoherence.

Each piece had a different birth and progressed through its own stress and growth-flow. Each image started as a balanced self-contained entity (to analyze each of those could be taken to the analogical extreme). As an artist you seek to find the dynamic interaction that visual illusion demands. There is a precise moment when parts come together and they become inextricably unified to reveal a definite new framework. This point makes combinational work an effective cognitive exploration tool as well as one of introspection, each with its own approach. The process of connecting images in our minds has its variations in blending, or just attaching, but to truly unify is to fuse new ideas. However metaphorical to our thoughts, the process and the ideas it reveals reflects the power of the visual system to abstract and arrange metapatterns: universal inherent structures of thought, within our minds with just a simple stare, an amazing computational feat all viewers execute when they observe the world.

One major theme is complexity. This work's complexity arises from the increasing number of possibilities in the process, as in the expansion of every facet of technology and information. For robotic (computer) vision to be possible we will have to understand much better how we process what we perceive and induce visually; that is the job of the sense of aesthetics for now. In time, visual engines will be very powerful and allow us to look into the intricacies of mathematics and physics while rediscovering our own world of art. The elegant symmetry of complexity - deep, cold, and austere - will take us far. Many kinds of languages await us in the pursuit of such patterns and structures at increasingly larger scales. Visual thinking will propel us in new ways.