Mark Jay Freedman
Phoenix General x Mark Jay Freedman - Happy Face Painting 7
Orignal artwork by Mark Jay Freedman.
The Happy Face
“Beauty, no doubt, does not make revolutions. But a day will come when revolutions will have need of beauty...in upholding beauty, we prepare the way for the day of regeneration when civilization will give first place- far ahead of the formal principles and degraded values of history- to this living virtue on which is founded the common dignity of man and the world he lives in, and which we now have to define in the face of a world which insults it.” Camus (1951) l’homme revolte. It all begins with a smile…
Mark Freedman and his work have been contributing phrases to his story of the in-between since he completed his Hunter College Master’s thesis two weeks before the end of the 20th century. Freedman draws from a journey that began floating wide-eyed in the suburban pools of color-soaked Los Angeles and shifted to the sands of the emerging American desert, where he unearthed vital found-object lessons. Freedman spent his creative energies out West establishing the Arizona based art group The TRA25 Capsule (2000 – 2006). The group represented the burgeoning downtown Phoenix art community with numerous gallery happenings, public art projects, lectures and private commissions all culminated in “Fresh Paint,” an exhibition celebrating the new voices of the West at the Phoenix Art Museum. He wandered head-up in New York’s steel canyons, beaches and forests of his artistic ancestors and continued to examine the shift from analog to digital. During his time in New York, Freedman showed at the Woodstock Biennial, the Katonah Museum of Art, New York Studio Gallery and executed several private commissions.
Now he and his family have returned to the desert where his heart has always remained. Be it by brush, scissor, pen, hammer or keyboard, Freedman aspires to produce work that can blind from the flash that birthed the 1980’s age of information, embrace the do-it-yourself aesthetic from the West Coast 1970’s and humanizes the technological flood that has ensued.