There are few things as visually soothing as objects neatly organized. Artist Adam Hillman has built his practice around this idea, but often with a twist. Though he occasionally uses everyday objects such as coins and crayons in his pattern arrangements, Hillman primarily aligns elements that are perishable and prone to expiring quickly. The artist demonstrates that the likes of fruit, candy, bacon, and eggs don’t need to be eaten right away. Instead, they are best suited for creating mesmerizing works of visual art.
To begin, Hillman partially unwraps Reese’s peanut butter cups, quarter-cuts waffles, and makes jigsaw puzzle pieces from apples. He then assembles them in ways that seem unbelievable to arrange without the use of Photoshop. Each artwork, however, is completed sans digital manipulation.
The overall idea of Hillman’s work has remained largely unchanged over the years, but he is continually pushing himself in new directions. “Recently I’ve been focusing a lot on color contrast and gradient,” he tells My Modern Met. “Unlike a lot of my previous work, which primarily used singular objects and an array of different colors, I’ve been creating cut pieces that combine a wide variety of singularly toned objects over a geometric, cut-paper background, such as the wide variety of red-toned fruit and vegetables in ‘SquaRED.’ ”
By concentrating on contrast and gradients, Hillman is exploring how other characteristics of the objects can build compelling compositions. “These new pieces utilize a variety of differently shaped and sized objects unified through implied line and color, as witnessed in the cut wrappers in ‘SpectrYUM,’ ” he explains. “These detailed and time-consuming pieces synthesize the color of my color-coded candy pieces and the illusionistic implied line of my previous cut pieces. I’m excited to see where this new style will take me.”