Now you see it, now you don’t

Tom Burckhardt, Pareidolia, 2011. Courtesy Pierogi Gallery.

Just admit it—you want to see a face in this picture. That’s why Tom Burckhardt titled it Pareidolia, the phenomenon of perceiving familiar images in random patterns—like seeing animals in clouds or the man in the moon. When his paintings threaten to resolve into images, Burckhardt says, rather than retreating—as a “good and pure abstractionist” should—he pushes forward. His show “Louder Milk,” which just opened at at Pierogi in Williamsburg, features an array of suggestive compositions that tease the “image-wiring” in our brains.

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