Ab the Flagman uses exclusively found objects (discarded wood and metal) to make his large-scale flag sculptures. The works (some of which have recently been cast in bronze) are created from a life-long fascination with the American flag, stemming from Ab’smilitary roots. He has always been enamored with the flag; his fascination only became stronger when his father died at the age of 7 and a flag was draped over his coffin. His American flag works beg comparison to American abstract-expressionist/pop artist Jasper Johns, but Ab’s work remains stylistically distinct. His abstracted vision of “an infinite symbol [like the flag],” Ab says, is what gives his pieces their power.
His work has since expanded to include sculptures of eagles, Native Americans, and the Statue of Liberty. Ab’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the House of Blues, the Mennello Museum of American Art, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. He was also commissioned by the 1996 Atlanta Olympic committee to make several large scale flags for the Olympic Village. Don’t call him an artist, though. Ab prefers the title “culture maker” because, to him, “culture exists in the arts.”
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