Kevin Van Aelst is a contemporary American photographer who transforms usual things into interesting objects. He manages to see in ordinary stuff something unusual. For his works Aelst usually uses things of daily life. In fact he is attracted to the things you would never pay attention to. His impressive portfolio is an evidence of his obsession with mundane uninteresting things. Aelst is very curious person. He manages to rearrange and reconstruct common materials into extremely unpredictable artifacts. In his artistic statement Aelst shares own vision of his approach to work, “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”.
Thus Aelst transforms drops of rain into an image of a paper airplane flying in the sky; he is able to make a globe of an apple; heart made of clothes? It is not a problem for him at all. So in fact he has very fresh vision of ordinary and common stuff. Aelst literally falls in love with the materials and things he uses in his work. The most difficult part of his creative work is to find those materials that would be possible and suitable to express his ideas. His aim is not only to express his visions. He manages to create clever and funny objects. “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”. Aelst thinks of himself and of other contemporary artists as archeologists of today who manage to record things of daily life. By the way his works are published in BusinessWeek, GQ, and Men’s Health.