A Painting from the East - or is it? A Case of Pareidolia

 A Painting from the East 1, 2100 x 1170mm Signed Limited Edition of 5.

A Painting from the East 1, 2100 x 1170mm Signed Limited Edition of 5.

I love discovering new works, trying to make sense of them and how they speak to me as I create and name them. In the process, I try constantly to find ways of describing the thinking behind my creative work concisely. I recently finished reading Reductionism in Art and Brain Science – Bridging the Two Cultures by the 2000 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine, Eric Kandel.  The book is a superb short easy read on the emergence of abstract art in the 20th century and its connection with the field of psychology, a relatively recent scientific development. 

Kandel writes
“…The brain specializes in extracting meaningful patterns from the input it receives, even when that input is extremely noisy. This psychological phenomenon is referred to as pareidolia, in which a vague, random stimulus is perceived as significant.”

This is not a recent observation. In 15th Century, Leonardo Da Vinci wrote of this capability in his notebooks:
:…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 diverse 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….”

Kandel's writing has given me a way of explaining my creative process and why it evokes such a hugely diverse range of perceptions from my viewers. Perception creates pareidolia in the viewer by asking the profound question: “How do you impose order on randomness?"

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The Enter Art Foundation’s “42 Contemporary Artists” Exhibition, Berlin Art Week 2018

A selection of shots from the Enter Art Foundation exhibition “42 Contemporary Artists”, a vital part of the Berlin Art Week. The Enter Art Foundation is a unique Berlin based not for profit visual art organisation founded with the express purpose of curating exhibitions designed to introduce the work of emerging artists to European audiences. As Gunter Sachs said “ even with technology, emerging artists are still the hardest to find and are almost invisible to the public”. Head Curator, Dr Suzy Royal’s role is to select between 30 to 40 artists from the hundreds of submissions she receives and to curate those works into a reflection of the Enter Art Foundation manifesto. The works of the selected artists are actively promoted by EAF in a series of exhibitions that so far in 2018 have included Stockholm Art Week and Bonn.

I am honoured to have been selected as one of the emerging artists and to have had my artwork featured in the marketing promotion for the exhibition and the Berlin Art Week 2018, a whole of city celebration.

An Industrial Art Commission - The Challenge for the Cartography of Flow - Red

One of the real joys of my work is co-creating with clients. Khalil Najjar is Managing Director and Owner of Optim Logistics, Australia’s largest film equipment and concert entertainment freight forwarder. A move into a new head office sparked Khalil’s creative juices that saw a full scale shipping container being converted into the main meeting room and boardroom. Khalil needed some art to complement his logo design based around the Japanese concept of “enso”, a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.  A chance trip into the Intercontinental Hotel Gallery, Sydney resulted in Khalil spending time viewing my database of images before settling on the Cartography of Flow – Red as the image he felt best complemented his logo. “Now I challenge you, Ralph. Can you turn that artwork into 4.2 metre triptych?”. View the film to see the surprising result!!

Ralph Kerle's Art Goes To Berlin, September 2018


Delighted to receive this letter from the Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
"Dear Artist,
I am happy to announce you have been chosen to participate in our ninth pop-up exhibition, ‘30 Contemporary Artists’ to be held Friday 14.09 - Sunday 30.09.2018 in Berlin. This fall Enter Art Foundation will present 30 German and international artists in the Gerichtshöfe building in Wedding, Berlin (Gerichtstraße 12-13, Wedding 13347). The early twentieth century factory building is now home to over 70 artist’s studios. The space we will be exhibiting in is large with high ceilings and lots of natural light, as well as track lighting. It is less 10 minutes walking distance from Ubahn and Sbahn lines which means easy access for an interesting mix of art lovers, collectors and gallerists. The last week is also the Berlin Art Week, bringing even more art interested people to Berlin. The exhibition will be open for public from Sat 15.09. - Sun 30.09, Thursdays to Sundays, 12-20:00. On Friday, 14.09. will be our private preview (19-23). Saturday, 15. September will be our public vernissage, beginning at 15:00. Saturday, 22. september will be our public Matinée including  Royal talks. Sunday, 30. September will be our Finissage, from 15-18. Please confirm your participation.
Yours faithfully
Suzanne Royal - Head Curator
Till Wald - Managing Director and Co-Founder."
If you are in Berlin in the last two weeks of September please come and see me!!

On Top of the World

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Burnt Out 1 now greets members as they enter the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney's exclusive 32nd floor Executive Club Lounge - rated the No 1 Executive Club Lounge globally because of its unique position directly above the Opera House, almost on top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with panoramic views across to Sydney Heads and out to sea. 4 additional pieces of mine are to be added so the Intercontinental Sydney Executive Club Lounge will now feature my works exclusively. Honoured to have my artwork selected for such a prestigious location