Have you ever see a potato chip that looks just like Jesus or a cloud that bore a distinct resemblance to a unicorn? The brain-tricking phenomenon is called pareidolia, and it's the focus of a series of intricate paper cut artworks by artist Tahiti Pehrson. Pehrson's fragile, lace-like pieces will be taking over Chelsea’s Joseph Gross Gallery for the month of September, inviting viewers to let their imaginations run wild amidst their ethereal mystique.
Pehrson’s work is inspired by natural patterns of ecological and cultural systems, which he sets out to discover through his travels. Ancient symbols, mandalas, historical pattern work, organic and ornamental designs are all evident in the markings and cuts in each of his cut sheets of paper.
Each piece has a variation of slits, holes and perforations, all cut by hand over many hours by Pehrson himself. An average piece can take the artist up to 100 hours, with each cut taking on an almost meditative experience throughout the process. The resulting sheets may have thousands upon thousands of tiny cuts, but the overall pieces tend to have a minimalist quality. Some of the sculptures look almost like marble, tricking the viewer into thinking they are anything but fragile.
For his latest exhibition, Perhson has created complex framed pieces, but also three-dimensional sculptural works that allow light to interplay with the cut patterns, casting shadows and serving up even more pareidolic food for thought.
The show runs until October 3rd.