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Marc Freeman

1979 Zalishchyky, Ukraine

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

Marc Freeman, born 1979, is an abstract artist who works across a number of mediums. He produces vibrant two and three dimensional works in which interlocking planes of pattern and colour give rise to repeated symbolic forms. Since graduating from RMIT in 2004 with a Bachelor of Art (Painting) with Honours, Freeman has undertaken two high-profile international residencies in New York and Beijing. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Freeman currently lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria.

Marc Freeman has referred to his work as “transcendental, contemplative and timeless”. His paintings seem to have come together by way of a stream-of-consciousness, mix-and-match approach, which utilises a variety of media, including painted collage and sewn pieces of printed material. The shapes that emerge across the pristine canvases are symbolic but they also may suggest forms that exist in reality. Patterns, shapes and textures are presented in a flattened-out space where they co-exist on the surface and are all held together by sweeping lines, which are almost calligraphic in their sensuous flow. Elsewhere, the canvas collages are contained in shallow boxes, where they gently reveal their half-hidden delicacies.

Working intuitively, with a finely-tuned aesthetic, Freeman arranges the various elements and fragments, which are stitched or glued together. He presents a system which is both rigorous and open-ended. He then subverts the system by adding unexpected ingredients, or ‘crossing through’ previous elements. This acts as a kind of ‘transgression’, as the perfection of one area is ‘blotted’ or covered by another. Gestures change on a ‘whim’, we witness different concentrations, rhythms and surfaces and we follow them across the canvas as they coalesce.

Although the various fragments exist in isolation they are totally reliant on one another for rhythm and space; they are layered with each other in a satisfying connection of techniques and an organisation of energies. To isolate one element would be like removing a musician from an orchestra.

Freeman’s pictures remind us that Painting is a nonverbal way of thinking, which exists in its own unique space.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018
Cloudbuster, Blockprojects, Melbourne
2016
Signs, NKN Gallery, Melbourne
Stir the Beast, Palmer Art Projects, Syndey
2015
Sydney Contemporary, Nellie Castan Projects, Sydney
SCOPE New York Art Fair, Nellie Castan Projects,NYC
2013
Gravitas Flow, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2011
From on High, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2010
Broken Canon, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Platform, Melbourne
2006
Platform, Melbourne

 

SELCTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017
Spring 1883, NKN Gallery, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney
Guides to Help You, Cambell Arcade Degraves
Subway, Melbourne
2014
100 Painters of Tomorrow, book launch, Christie’s, London
Group Show, Beer Contemporary, London
Abstract, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria
Tools of The Trade, Justin Jade Morgan and
PAULNACHE, travelling exhibition, New Zealand
Group Show, THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne

James Buxton, ‘15 of the best artists working today’, GQ Magazine, 21 November 2014
Robert Nelson, ‘Bodies cast in a state of sexual ambiguity’, The Age,13 March 2013
Dan Rule, ‘In the Galleries’, The Age, 9 March 2013
Dan Rule, ‘In the Galleries’, The Age, 3 December 2011
Dan Rule, ‘Around the galleries’, The Age, 19 June 2010
Robert Nelson, ‘The ghoulish art of witchcraft’, The Age, 18 June 2010
Jess Booth, ‘Stuff on Stuff’, Spook, no. 3, May 2010, p. 13

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES:

2016 Len Fox Painting Prize (finalist)
2015 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship (recipient)
 Red Gate Residency, Beijing
 Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (finalist)
2014 100 Painters of Tomorrow, publication, Thames &
 Hudson (finalist)
2006 School of Visual Arts Residency, New York

Works by Marc Freeman

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2019

66 x 80 cm

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