Musings on art and life.
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…
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.
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