Pareidolia

PAREIDOLIA On an initial level, these are artworks with meaning and movement and emotions. But, what I am more interested in is why you even recognize these shapes and colors as figures. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of perceiving significance in what is actually random or vague. The most obvious example of this is when you see clouds that you think look like a face. Our brains try to make sense of everything we see, and sometimes they overcompensate. Everything is made up of shapes and colors, and I want you to break down my artwork into those basic elements. When you look at these figures in their strange poses, you'll piece together the 10 or 12 shapes that combine in your mind, forming what you’ll recognize as a person. Like a magic eye puzzle in reverse, stare at them until you don’t see a recognizable figure, but just the shapes and colors: how they sit next to each other; how one color interacts with the colors around it; how the angle of one shape cuts into a space. Do any shapes appear to cover up parts of other shapes? They don't. Everything is literally as you see it. If an arm seems to come in front of a jacket, there is nothing behind that arm. The shape that you see as a jacket is just a polygon that wraps around the shape you see as an arm. Unlike in pareidolia, these are supposed to be recognizable images and not just a random composition of shapes. But, does that make these figures any more legitimate than the face you see in the clouds? Because in reality, the only difference is my intent. Everything is still just shapes and colors. Artwork models based off of a photoshoot by Juco

PAREIDOLIA

On an initial level, these are artworks with meaning and movement and emotions. But, what I am more interested in is why you even recognize these shapes and colors as figures. 

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of perceiving significance in what is actually random or vague. The most obvious example of this is when you see clouds that you think look like a face. Our brains try to make sense of everything we see, and sometimes they overcompensate.

 Everything is made up of shapes and colors, and I want you to break down my artwork into those basic elements. When you look at these figures in their strange poses, you'll piece together the 10 or 12 shapes that combine in your mind, forming what you’ll recognize as a person. Like a magic eye puzzle in reverse, stare at them until you don’t see a recognizable figure, but just the shapes and colors: how they sit next to each other; how one color interacts with the colors around it; how the angle of one shape cuts into a space. Do any shapes appear to cover up parts of other shapes? They don't. Everything is literally as you see it. If an arm seems to come in front of a jacket, there is nothing behind that arm. The shape that you see as a jacket is just a polygon that wraps around the shape you see as an arm. 

Unlike in pareidolia, these are supposed to be recognizable images and not just a random composition of shapes. But, does that make these figures any more legitimate than the face you see in the clouds? Because in reality, the only difference is my intent. Everything is still just shapes and colors.
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