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Zac Freeman- the man who epitomises my research

Recycled art is another fascination of mine, akin to lace and lace art.

I have been researching for a long time on this subject and I am aiming to be able to pursue a post-grad project on the re-use of objects in art. While there are quite a number of artists who have made this the focus of their work, I always get excited when someone like Zac Freeman pops up on my radar.

Zac’s work is breathtaking, and really does epitomise the type of recycled art I aim to exhibit one day. I can just imagine standing in a gallery, looking at one of his portraits from afar, and gaining more insight into the materials used as I get closer. Artwork that draws me in and reveals more of itself and provides delight and surprise the more you learn, is exactly the kind of art I love.

Zac talks about his materials and inspiration on his website, saying that the objects he has used over time have evolved, reflecting some changes in our society and the things we deem to be useful. For example, his early work contains old film canisters, whereas now, he might be able to use something like an iphone to provide shading in his work. This change and constant “upgrading” of consumables, for me, is another fascinating aspect of our society that I’m drawn to research..

But that’s a story for another day…

Steve, 2012
Assemblage on board
23.875 x 31.125 inches

Mikee, 2011
Assemblage on board
26.25 x 32 inches

In 2011 Zac was asked to create a piece for the “Absolut Blank” campaign, run by Absolut Vodka and started in 1985 with the work of the pop art icon, Andy Warhol.

Absolut Blank
Absolut Blank, 2011
Assemblage on board
17.5 x 53.75 inches

Kathy, 2010
Assemblage on board
30 x 37.5 inches

Courtney, 2008
Assemblage on board
36 x 45 inches


2 comments on “Zac Freeman- the man who epitomises my research

  1. somasekar
    November 17, 2012

    Hi, Very nice work….

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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