Food isn’t just the fuel of our survival anymore, its become a canvas of modern art as well. Kevin van Aelst takes common things we eat each day and combines them in very imaginative ways to create more complex ideas, patterns and illustrations. For example, what looks like a bunch of semi-broken crackers at first glance, is really indicative of “Local Times” around the world. Or how a half-eaten apple is really an intricate map of the globe!
Aelst said about his creative process:
My artwork is an attempt to reconcile my physical surroundings with the fears, fascinations, curiosities, and daydreams occupying my mind. The images aim to examine the distance between where my mind wanders to and the material objects that inspire those fixations. Equally important to this work are the mundane and relatable artifacts of our daily lives, and the more mysterious notions of life and existence. This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.
Kevin van Aelst teaches photography at Quinnipiac University and ACES/Educational Center for the Arts High School Program and was a recipient of a 2008 fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. He also used to appear weekly in the The New York Times from 2007 to 2011, and has been featured in publications that include Scientific American, Men’s Health, Wired, and Time. Enjoy his awesome collection of food art, and if you’re not too hungry yet, you can check out his whole gallery here.
In Search of Perfect States
Left Ring Finger