Zac Freeman’s work focuses primarily on portraits created by assembling found objects, disposable goods, and the leftover trash of things we consume in our society.
From the artist:
It is very important to me that I incorporate the actual objects into the art as opposed to a picture or rendition of it because it better expresses the intention of the artwork. I feel the junk is more powerful being present. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself. The result is a time capsule of objects that reflects our culture.
My assemblage artworks have continued to encapsulate cultural change. For example, grey film canisters used in my early junk portraits are very rare now as our society has moved to digital cameras. An iPhone used as shading on a cheek looks desired one year and archaic the next as society, technology, and consumables continue to change.
Born in Texas 1972.
Freeman 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, key caps, baby dolls - and other three-dimensional scrap plastic objects - appears an impressionistic two-dimensional face constructed from an impressive range of shades and tones.
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 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).
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 1998.
Freeman lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
2015 Art London
2014 Scope Miami
2014 Art Wynwood, Florida USA
2014 Art Palm Beach, Florida USA
2014 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2013 Art Miami, Florida USA
2014 Toronto International, Canada
2013 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston
2013 Art Southampton, New York
2013 Ffound exhibition, Woolff Gallery
2013 Scope, New York
2013 Art Palm Beach, Florida USA
2013 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2012 Art Miami, Miami
2012 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2012 Art Southampton, New York
2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston
2012 Woolff Gallery Summer Show, London
2012 Art Toronto, Canada
2011 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2011 Art Chicago, Chicago
2011 Art Hamptons, New York
2011 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2011 Toronto International, Canada
2011 Art Miami, Miami
2010 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2010 Art Chicago, Chicago
2010 Art Hamptons, New York
2010 Woolff Gallery Summer Show, London
2010 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2010 Toronto International, Canada
2010 Art Miami, Miami
2009 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2009 Art Chicago, Chicago
2009 Cummer Museum, Folio Weekly Individual Artist Exhibition, Jacksonville Florida
2009 Woolff Gallery Summer & Winter Group Shows, London
2009 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2009 Toronto International, Canada
2008 Price Tower Arts Centre, Imaginative Qualities of actual things’, Bartlesville, OK
2008 Affordable Art Fair NYC,
2008 Krause Gallery ‘2 Person show’, Atlanta, GA
2008 JIA Haskell Gallery ‘2 Person show’, Jacksonville FL
2008 Krause Gallery ‘Collaboration show’, Atlanta, GA
2007 J. Johnson Gallery ‘Winter Selections’ - Jacksonville Beach, FL
2007 Chester Gallery ‘Postcard Show’ - Chester, CT
2007 Krause Gallery ‘End of Summer Show’ - Atlanta, GA
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville ‘Illuminated Space’ - Jacksonville, FL
2006 Miami Museum of Science and Space ‘Projected Light Works’ - Miami, FL
2012-13 Absolut Vodka campaign
2013 Personal commission for Elliot Graff (Graff Diamonds)
The Art of Seeing by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher (8th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010) – Features ‘Steve’
The cover of Launching the Imagination by Professor Mary Stewart (4th edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011) – also features ‘Steve’.
Artist Enhancement Grant – Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Art Venture initiative Grant – The Community Foundation in Jacksonville & the art ventures fund
Art Chicago 2010 Award – Survey America
B.F.A Jacksonville University – Cum laude & departmental honor