Items like paperclips usually clutter up junk drawers, but for the artist Adam Hillman, these everyday objects are perfect materials for creating colorful and visually soothing arrangements. Hillman calls himself an “object arranger,” but his job isn’t just to carefully position items. It uses paper clips, coins, toothpicks, edible ingredients and more to create visually stunning flat art. And while many of his works are non-figurative motifs, Hillman has recently created compositions inspired by famous paintings from art history.
From Van Gogh Starry Night at Picasso’s Guernica, each iconic work of art is reimagined in Hillman’s playful style. In one piece, the innovative artist uses broken pieces of cereal to recreate one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits. And in another, colorful paperclips are arranged to resemble Edvard Munch’s paint strokes. The Scream. Although each colorful composition is made from found objects, they still celebrate the expressive quality of the original artwork. Each hand-placed object acts as an expressive brushstroke or stippling dot in pointillist painting.
Artist Adam Hillman uses paper clips, toothpicks, cereal and other everyday objects to create famous works of art.
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