Artist + Designer Valentino Vettori’s “Arcadia” Exhibit Aims to Save the Earth

Immersive installations and augmented reality experiences inspire and offer simple solutions

It’s no secret that we’re living through tumultuous times. Every day a new environmental problem appears in the news. A lot of time is spent discussing problems the earth faces but little progress has been made in finding a solution that is broadly enactable. Valentino Vettori wants to change that. Inspired by a recent trip to Summit in Los Angeles, the storied artist and designer …

Why We See Faces Everywhere

Whether in a door-hook, electrical socket or elsewhere, seeing faces in objects and places is super-common—and it’s called pareidolia. This is a “psychological phenomenon that causes the human brain to lend significance—and facial features, in particular—to random patterns,” according to Artsy. Apparently the phenomenon happens because humans naturally prefer faces to other patterns. Of course, this extends from everyday life into the world of art, …

Seon Ghi Bahk: Fiction and the Fabricated Image

The Korean artist's explosive charcoal installation at Miami's Zadok Gallery

Nylon threads and neatly erupted charcoal bits take over Miami’s Zadok Gallery in “Fiction and the Fabricated Image”—an exhibition that opens this weekend by the South Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk. The show explores the interplay of nature and civilized culture. In stringing up palm-sized pieces of charcoal, Bahk is able to formulate familiar architectural shapes at various levels of completion. A thrilling tension is …