Graces
       
     
Engage
       
     
Harlequin
       
     
Cycle II
       
     
Leviathan C
       
     
Raconteur
       
     
Leviathan D
       
     
Delivering the Discovery
       
     
Cycle III
       
     
Wayfarers II
       
     
Apophenia Exhibition Poster
       
     
       
     
APOPHENIA / 2015

Apophenia is the perception of meaning in unrelated or random information. 

The process of creating these drawings begins with Eviston tearing, twisting, and contorting dozens of pieces of paper.  He then examines these paper specimens to see if their random creases, shapes and folds suggest life-like forms. The most anthropomorphic specimens are selected as drawing subjects (documented in the video above). 

The drawings in this exhibition rely on a particular type of apophenia called pareidolia that involves mistaking vague or obscure visual stimuli for something specific such as a face or figure.  Pareidolia is occurring when people see a figure in the clouds or a face in a burnt piece of toast.

The first incident of pareidolia takes place in Eviston’s mind as he surveys  randomly contorted paper for anthropomorphism. When these paper specimens are grouped together they seem to interact with one another. Pareidolia turns into apophenia as the mind begins to assign specific traits to the forms and figures, often manufacturing stories and relationships between them.

 The final experience of these drawings, the characters they evoke, and the stories they conjure are left to the viewers experience and interpretation.

This video was projected alongside the Apophenia drawings exhibited at The Upstairs Gallery in Arcata, CA / 2015

Graces
       
     
Graces

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 24x12" / 2015

Engage
       
     
Engage

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 16x12" / 2015

Harlequin
       
     
Harlequin

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 12x16" / 2015

Cycle II
       
     
Cycle II

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 12x12" / 2015

Leviathan C
       
     
Leviathan C

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 24x12" / 2015

Raconteur
       
     
Raconteur

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 24x12" / 2015

Leviathan D
       
     
Leviathan D

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 24x12" / 2015

Delivering the Discovery
       
     
Delivering the Discovery

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 22.5x12" / 2012

Cycle III
       
     
Cycle III

Black Pencil on Gessoed Wood Panel / 12x12" / 2015

Wayfarers II
       
     
Wayfarers II

Conte Crayon on Gessoed Wood Panel / 6x3' / 2012

Apophenia Exhibition Poster
       
     
Apophenia Exhibition Poster