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Kyle Freeman
Ridgewood, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I make prints, paintings, digital files, and books that explore everyday photographs collected from Facebook and other social-web-media. These recent works investigates the shifting boundaries between public and private space within today’s society.

These images employ very calculated, yet seemingly spontaneous gestures. I digitally manipulate faces and bodies of people to make shapes and marks. The images are derived from unknowing participants of social web-media, real people out there in the world who have no knowledge that their likenesses have been proliferated, manipulated and recontextualized.

There is a natural human obsession with secretly watching others from a distance. Facebook and other social-media spaces provide us with a tiny hole in the internet through which we can peer at others. In my work I use other people’s personal shapshots as raw material. I follow people whom I have taken a liking to for one reason or another, then collect and categorize images into a database. I often revisit these people’s profiles regularly to acquire new images for my library of source material.

However, there is an embarrassment associated with being a voyeur. One doesn’t want others to know that he is following or looking through their photos and comments. Blurring, erasing, and obscuring the subjects’ identities is a way to cover up tracks and disconnect the image from the individual.

Although publishing on social-media makes one vulnerable, we mutually consent in giving up our privacy for the ability to be voyeurs ourselves . I want a viewer of my work to consider his or her own roles as a participant, a voyeur and a consumer,in our digitally-networked culture.

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  • Face Morphed Grid (Jesus)
    2014
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Collected hundreds of images of Jesus, then morphed together the faces to create a grid of unique portraits of Jesus. Each portrait in the grid is morphed slightly with the rest in the grid. Each Jes

  • Face Morphed Grid (Founding Fathers)
    2014
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Took one portrait of each of our "Founding Fathers" and morphed them together in different combinations. Each portrait in the grid has a little of each man. Each are slightly unique, but als

  • Face Morphed Grid / Ode to Andy, Richter
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    22"x30"
    Collected all frontal-facing profiles of a "friend-of-a-friend" on Facebook. With these, morphed each image with others in different combinations to create a grid of variations. Each portrai

  • untitled (empty series)
    2012
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Part of "Empty Series". Manipulated spaces using screen caps of Photoshop background grid. Layering and manipulating what is typically the bottom or the symbol of empty space of anything cre

  • Five Guys With Abs
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    15"x20"
    Part of "People You May Know" series. Collected image from "friend-of-a-friend" on Facebook. Manipulated, and then laboriously screen-printed the work. The stretched figure in the

  • Public Display of Affection I (Kiss)
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    15"x20"
    Part of "People You May Know" series. Collected image of "Friend-of-a-Friend". The foreground is a photograph of a CMYK printed image, the background is a photograph of a computer

  • Kiss
    2011
    hand-bound artist book
    120 pages
    Part of "People You May Know" series. Collected hundreds of images of friends, "Friends-of-Friends", and strangers kissing from Facebook. Blurred each image to protect identity of

  • The Most Beautiful
    2011
    hand-bound artist book
    200 pages
    Part of "People You May Know" series. Collected hundreds of images of friends, "Friends-of-Friends", and beautiful strangers from Facebook. This collection contained "clothed

  • Untitled (Armory)
    2012
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Photo of myself at the Armory Show standing in front of another artist's work.

  • Untitled (Buddies)
    2012
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    2 figures and background.

  • Untitled
    2012
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    sun peeking through a gray sky while driving on the highway for hours in the rain. somewhere between Baltimore and Annapolis.

  • Untitled (Party Time)
    2013
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Collected Facebook image. Male figure with shirt pulled up, pants pulled down, with arm wrapped around beautiful blonde figure in a red dress, obscuring her face with his drink.

  • The Contender
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    43"x60"
    Collaboration with Kay Fenton.

  • Happy Birthday to You / Happy Birthday to Me
    2013
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Collected Facebook photo of me sitting behind someone else's birthday cake.

  • Portrait of a Girl
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    15"x20"
    Part of "People You May Know" series. Elaborate screenprint with many layers. For example: Gradient figure that obscures the girl is printed on top of 10 layers of white ink. Then a laye

  • Untitled (Erased Portrait)
    2010
    screenprint on paper
    30"x66"
    Screenprint on paper. White digital eraser marks are printed with many thick layers of white ink.

  • Peeping (Portrait of Tom)
    2011
    screenprint on paper
    22"x30"
    From "People You May Know" series. Edition of 5.

  • Selfie While Holding a Rainbow.
    2014
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable

  • Untitled (Hulky)
    2011-2014
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
    Original print made in 2011, inkjet with silkscreen, 22"x30" (still existing) File created 2011, Middle of composition erased in 2014

  • Untitled (Jesus Series)
    2014
    digital file, variable substrates
    variable
 








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