A Daydreamer's Quest In Everyday Food!
When does food cease to be just food or a means to sustenance? When an artist devotes his imagination to it! That is what happened in case of American artist Kevin Van Aelst, who is on a creative rampage these days, making art forms out of food, which lend everyday food items much more character and context. His latest project, titled ‘Fingerprints’, is astonishingly attractive, to say the least.
Known to make big things out of smaller ones, Kevin has been specially attracted to edible items like gummy bears, mustard, apples, Cheetos, and pies! He has used all these things to give vent to his artistic expression and you would be spell bound on taking a look at the photographs that comprise his ‘Fingerprints’ collection. He carves, arranges, organizes, and draws with food items and almost all of his photographs are so enticing, it becomes difficult to pick up a favorite. In fact, he has worked with white bread too. H is series “The Golden Spiral” had him slicing a piece of Wonder Bread into fractals, thus exploring the philosophical quest of when does a loaf cease to be a loaf. He has created a Periodic Table with Gummy Bears as elements. Wish, we had this periodic table to learn from at school! His food creations are beautiful creations and a treat to watch.
Speaking about his ‘Fingerprints’ collection, Kevin says, “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.” This collection has jumbo-sized photographs made of everyday items. He is the one to explain best his ideas, as he does on the website, “My artwork is an attempt to reconcile my physical surroundings with the fears, fascinations, curiosities, and daydreams occupying my mind. The photographs and constructions consist of common artifacts, materials, and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged and reassembled into various forms, patterns, and illustrations.”
Kevin, by his own confession, is a daydreamer. This daydreaming artist was born in Elmira, New York and he grew up in central Pennsylvania. He is currently based in New Haven, Connecticut. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2002 and an M.F.A. from the University of Hartford in 2005. He is currently teaching at Quinnipiac University and at the ACES/Educational Center for the Arts High School Program. His works are being displayed at “The Stone Crop Gallery” in Ogunquit, Main, “Panopticon Gallery” in Boston, and Fort Collins-based “The Center for Fine Art Photography.” So, if you want to catch any of his works, you know where to head!
Well, this daydreamer sure knows how to weave a spell on his audience and when he uses the everyday food items, it makes the food art even more irresistible. Food fine art has come as a sureshot mean to entice your eyes and Kevin seems to be a master of that.
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