Kevin van Aelst

Connecticut artist Kevin van Aelst has been making his mark for a while now, blowing the minds of myself and others with his pieces, culled from his digestive system as often as his brainstem.  Educated with degrees in psychology and photography, he takes the seemingly mundane and transforms it into the fascinating.  Amazingness can be found in spades at his website HERE, but I just had to share a few examples.

These are a few of his fingerprints recreated in surprising mediums, and I might as well start off with the most appropriate.

Left pinky finger

Left ring finger

Right index finger

Also, I am absolutely floored* by this elegant, minimalist, and very accurate map of Hawaii made from Hawaiian Punch:

*see what I did there?

Artist’s statement:

My color photographs consist of common artifacts and scenes from everyday life, which have been rearranged, assembled, and constructed into various forms, patterns, and illustrations. 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 existence.  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.

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3 Responses to Kevin van Aelst

  1. John says:

    This is cool! You ought to Neato this.

  2. Kevin’s work is awesome! Love some of the mediums he uses, such mundane products/objects turned into works of art.

    I recall seeing his site before but somehow entirely misses his ‘commissioned works’ section: http://www.kevinvanaelst.com/editorial.html Sweet!

    Hope 2010 has gotten off to a beautiful start JohnnyCat! 😀

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