If you’re a 90’s kid like me I’m pretty sure you’ve seen Niel Buchanan’s Art Attack show in Disney channel. And since Art Attack has left and came back worse than ever, (and I mean worse, seriously who was responsible for casting that guy with a horribly pretentious voice) let me introduce you to someone who actually knows what big art attacks are all about.
Zac Freeman is one of the many junk hoarders out there who actually used random items found in the garbage to make stunning hyperrealistic art assemblages. I’m not sure if any of his portraits are inspired by real people but what I love most about his style is its deeper message about how consumerism is ever fleeting. His projects convey a strong reflection of how materialistic people could be in the way he uses junk to create images of people. We can all relate to this in the sense that we all used to want something so bad and forget all about it in a few years.
“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.” – ZacFreeman
We people aren’t made of junk, we just create a lot of it, to say the least. If you can’t make something like these out of ordinary disposed and forgotten items, then I’m sure Reduce, Reuse and Recycle could be a better option to save Mother Earth. Check out more of his projects HERE.
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