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 …

Digital Revolution

Google Developers partner with the Barbican for an extensive, interactive exhibit that displays code as art

Technology, in the literal sense, has always been a major part of the human experience. From the first development of tools to make meager cave-dwelling existences less miserable to electricity to the ubiquity of broadband internet, life is bound to these methods of organizing the natural world—sometimes so much so we don’t even realize it. At the same time, new technology has a long history …