The objects we see and use each day can get so familiar that we don't even notice them anymore. But these works by artist Kevin Van Aelst - some created independently and some commissioned for publications like 'Wired' and 'Scientific American' - offer a different, often thought-provoking take on the everyday.
For instance: Hawaiian punch spilled on the floor might not be the most interesting image. But if that spill is shaped like the islands of Hawaii...
And a bunched-up extension cord may not be thought-provoking, until it stands in for the wiring in our brain, as in this commissioned image for 'Wired' magazine:
In a statement on his site, Van Aelst says "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."
Check out some more of his work below:
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