Hilary Pecis, Dinner Party, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40 × 30".

Hilary Pecis

Joshua Liner Gallery

Hilary Pecis, Dinner Party, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40 × 30".

The capacity to recognize patterns is what sets humans apart from other animals and from machines. Our ability to convert perceived arrangements into habits and inventions drives our looking and imagining, our reading and reasoning. We are hungry to intuit serial sequences everywhere, even where there are none—a condition known as apophenia, which is linked to gambling and conspiracy theories.

On the brighter side of our brain function, Hilary Pecis’s paintings seem to celebrate the joy of discerning and interpreting patterns in the everyday world. Nine paintings made up her excellent if modest showing in the back room of Joshua Liner Gallery, the largest canvases just over three feet in height. Still lifes or landscape views filled with color and patterns but very few people, their subjects were reassuringly ordinary, including a bowl of anemones, a cat sitting on a chair in

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