Mark
Fredenburg

Born 1955, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Morrisville, PA

Year created:
2004
Camera Man, Mark Fredenburg
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3'6" x 4' x 3'6",

Grey granite
Lent by the Artist

No longer on view.

Camera Man is a granite sculpture that reflects on our desire to document particular moments of our lives. Fredenberg intends Camera Man to comment on people's tendency to pose and smile artificially in front of a camera, thereby compromising the documentary nature of the process. The cameraman is both part of the mechanized process and its catalyst. The man's face sprouts from the top of the camera, one of his hands wraps around the shutter, and the other covers half of his face. In this way, Freedenberg emphasizes the reduced field of vision and the tendency to squint when looking through the viewfinder. This adds a humorous component to the sculpture, showing that we have the ability to look inwards even as we look outwards.

For Fredenburg, drawing is an integral part of creating sculpture, and he refers to himself as a traditionalist. He begins his process by constructing a clay model based on a drawing. He casts the model in plaster and then enlarges the plaster cast. He continues his process by drawing on the actual granite and allowing changes to be made at this stage. Then, he begins to sculpt. By taking multiple steps to create his sculptures rather than immediately starting to carve the granite, Fredenberg believes he demonstrates his control over the outcome of the piece at each stage.