Melbourne based artist Ollie Lucas plays with our human tendency towards pareidolia (a word I didn’t know till now either!) “Pareidolia” is the psychological phenomenon of interpreting known sounds/images from random sounds/images. For example, seeing animals in the clouds or a face on a burnt slice of toast.
Using large recycled cable spools, Lucas paints abstract colorful patterns whose interpretations he leaves to our imaginations. The artist says, “Exposure to the graffiti scene in Melbourne has made me question harmony in my work, I have a love for filthy, dirty and weathered paint splattered surfaces, but at the same time I crave clean, modern, hardline geometrics. This is what drives my practice, combining two visual elements that are polar opposites in search for a harmony that I may never obtain.”