Pareidolia @ Pluspace

Phoebe Mitchell, Comfort, 2013, oil on board, 17 x 14 cm (courtesy of the artist
Phoebe Mitchell, Comfort, 2013, oil on board, 17 x 14 cm (courtesy of the artist)

Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition Pareidolia at Pluspace Gallery, Coventry, on view through September 14, 2014. The show features works by Ralph Anderson, Louisa Chambers, Frances Disley, Jack Foster, Rachael MacArthur, Ellie MacGarry, David Manley, Phoebe Mitchell, and Andy Parkinson.

Parkinson writes: "With pareidolia a vague visual stimulus is perceived as something clear and distinct, like the horrifying face I always saw within the pattern and folds of my bedroom curtains when I was a child, or that image of Mother Teresa in a potato I was amused by this morning. Something more than the pattern is read-in, or projected... How we interpret abstract paintings, and the strangeness of sense-making, seems to be what Pluspace curator Matthew Macaulay is exploring by bringing together the work of these nine artists in the exhibition."