Elevating the Ordinary: The Food Art of Kevin Van Aelst

Elevating the Ordinary: The Food Art of Kevin Van Aelst
Arts & Culture
Nicko Margolies
  • 23 june 2009

Kevin Van Aelst, a New York Times Magazine photographer, takes playing with food to the next level with his collection of intricately patterned everyday artifacts. The artist statement on Van Aelst’s website captures the motivations for his particular style,

The images aim to examine the distance between the ‘big picture’ and the ‘little things’ in life—the banalities of our daily lives, and the sublime notions of identity and existance.  While the depictions of information–such as an EKG, fingerprint, map or anatomical model–are unconventional, the truth and accuracy to the illustrations are just as valid as more traditional depictions.  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.

He has compared his work to a middle school science project and humorously plays with the “juxtaposition of the ordinary and the timeless.”  His projects include a questioning of identity through the reproduction of fingerprints using cheese-doodles and pie crusts and a periodic table of elements created with gummy bears. The effort poured into these pieces elevates the everyday and invites the audience to rethink their relationship to the seemingly ordinary objects that populate their lives. Truly beautiful stuff.



[via Eat Me Daily]

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