By Joe McFarlane
A pioneering artist replicates colourful masterpieces using everyday objects including Tic Tacs and paperclips.
For the past 10 years, New Jersey based artist, Adam Hillman, 24, has used everyday objects, from Tic Tags and M&Ms to paperclips and toothpicks in order to replicate masterpieces such as ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh and Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.
Adam has also pioneered a style that he states combines sculpture, photography and painting which he calls ‘Object Arranging’, which involves the careful positioning and manipulation of everyday objects.
Adam said: “I’m inspired by art history. I have a ton of art books that I look toward for inspiration, as well as just shopping around at the grocery store or Staples.
“My process usually involves thinking of an idea, finding out which object I can easily obtain fits it best, and then executing it using the cheapest means possible.
“On average it used to take me around three hours, but over the years that average has increased to over 15 hours, as my recent famous painting reproduction series is very time consuming.
“A part of me feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders when I complete a piece, but I also can’t help but start thinking of my next idea.
“It’s a constant cycle of creation, so in some ways it’s hard for me to step back and admire what I’ve done without immediately moving on to the next project.
“I get a lot of comments about how, despite the disorder in the world, my photos act as a little spot of calming order people can focus on instead.
“Likewise, a lot of people are amazed at the aesthetic potential of the everyday things I use, so a lot of times I inspire them to either make their own creations or at least allow them to reimagine their capabilities as artistic objects.”