Zac Freeman

I have found this amazing artist who creates images from rubbish! No idea how he has the patience to do it.

My work focuses primarily on portraits created by assembling found objects, disposable goods, and the leftover trash of things we consume in our society. I glue the bits of junk to a wooden substrate, a canvas, which forms the image of a portrait. The result is a stunningly realistic portrait at a distance and an interesting array of objects up close.

I am interested in communicating through visual representation in apparent 2-dimensional space and also communicating through the actual objects used for the medium in 3-dimensional space.

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 canister tops 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.

I think it’s wonderful that he was asked to do Absolut Vodka artist bottles. I think those special edition bottles look great, and to be approached by Absolut is a huge compliment!

I was approached by Absolut Vodka to participate in their very famous “artist” series. Absolut started working with fine-artists in 1985 when pop icon Andy Warhol created the famous “Absolut Warhol” which quickly led to “Absolut Haring” and “Absolut Scharf.”

The Absolut campaign this time around would pose the question that all creative types are faced with, which is, what would you do with a blank canvas. 18 artists were chosen from all over the world and under the tagline “It all starts with an Absolut Blank,” we were given blank canvases in the shape of the iconic vodka bottle. The campaign, which highlights various mediums of artistic expression, launched in the UK in July 2011.

I was honored to be a part of the “Absolut Blank” campaign and continue the long tradition of Absolut working with contemporary artists. Artists in the Absolut Blank project are Adhemas Batista, Aestethic Apparatus, Alex Trochut, Brett Amory, Dave Kinsey, David Bray, Eduardo Recife, Fernando Chamarelli, Good Wives & Warriors, Jeremy Fish, Ludovica Gioscia, Marcus Jansen, Mario Wagner, Morning Breath, Robert Mars, Sam Flores, Thomas Doyle, UVA, and Zac Freeman.

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