Zac Freeman is a leading Assemblage Artist who repurposes found objects to capture cultural bits of history in his contemporary artworks (also called Junk Art – Recycled Art – Environmental Art – Plastic Art – Art From Waste – Assemblage Art).
Zac Freeman’s recycled art focuses primarily on portraits created by assembling found objects, disposable goods, and the leftover trash of things we consume in our society. His recycled art continue to encapsulate cultural change. For example, grey film canisters used in his early junk portraits are very rare 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.
Zac Freeman builds layer upon layer of found objects, cast-offs and junk into portraits whose detail and subtlety only emerges with distance. In his Recycled Art 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 was commissioned for use in commercials for Absolut Vodka, appears in the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Museum of Science and Space, Cummer Museum, the Regency Centers Art Collection in Florida, and on board World Dream a nearly billion dollar cruise ship berthing out of Hong Kong. He won the Art Chicago, Survey America award in 2010, and has exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Zurich, Lisbon, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, 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).