Zac Freeman (b.1972) builds layer upon layer of found objects, cast-offs and junk into portraits whose detail and subtlety only emerges with distance. In his Assemblage series, out of a seemingly chaotic collection of buttons, bottle tops, pen barrels, bread tags, office equipment, telephones, (and any other three-dimensional scrap plastic objects) appears an impressionistic two-dimensional face constructed from an impressive range of shades and tones.
Zac Freeman's work has been commissioned for use in commercials for Absolut Vodka, appears in the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Museum of Science and Space, and the Art Collection of The Regency Group in Florida. He has also created commissioned portraits for high-profile clients and celebrities. He won the Art Chicago award in 2010, and has been exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Houston and the Hamptons, New York. His piece Steve appears in the book The Art of Seeing by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher (8th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010), and appears in and on the cover of Launching the Imagination by Professor Mary Stewart (4th edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011).
Zac Freeman graduated cum laude from his fine art degree at Jacksonville University, Florida, in 1997. He has collected junk and found objects for use in his creations since 1999. Freeman lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
'The artworks are made entirely out of collected junk, found objects, and general trash. I glue the pieces to a wooden board to eventually form an image, usually a face, which only can be seen at a distance. It is very important to me that I incorporate original, unaltered objects into the artwork because they can also express the intention of the artwork and help to describe the person portrayed, or even date the work. For example bread tags often have dates on them, and items such as cassette tapes, or mobile phones can represent the era in which the work was created. I feel the junk is more powerful being preserved. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself'. Zac Freeman
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