We scooped this news from our friends over at Artsy on a fun new exhibit dubbed “Find a Face” taking place at the Akron Museum of Art. The exhibit was inspired by the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia that causes the human brain to lend significance, predominantly facial features, to random patterns. The art world tends to be the most popular place this marvel shows up. Gina Thomas McGee, Akron Museum’s associate educator who organized the exhibition, is a self-described pareidoliac who can’t stop herself from seeing eyes, ears and lips throughout the museum. This was the simple inspiration behind the curation of this smile-inducing exhibit celebrating how the neurological tick affects both artists, when they conceive work, and viewers, as the work is consumed.
“If you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms.” – Leonardo da Vinci