CCT: Adam Niklewicz

Connecticut Artists Collection

Adam Niklewicz (born 1956)
 

{Adam Niklewicz} Adam Niklewicz was born in Poland and lives and works in North Haven, Connecticut. He earned his BFA in graphic communications from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MFA in sculpture from the State University of New York at Purchase. His work has been featured and discussed in ARTnews, Art New England, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Modern Painters Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Nation, among others. In Poland, he has been featured in Artpunkt, Exit, Format, and Obieg magazines. Niklewicz has shown his work at Real Art Ways, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Stamford Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Black & White Gallery, FiveMyles, Slag Gallery, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Galerie fur Landschaftskunst (Hamburg, Germany), Gallery of Contemporary Art (Opole, Poland), Zacheta (Warsaw, Poland), and Arte Laguna Prize 2014 (the Arsenale, Venice, Italy).

 

In 2012, Niklewicz completed a public art project in Hartford, Connecticut. The two-pronged work (a conceptual mural titled The Charter Oak and a video projection upon a façade of an office building, titled Walking Around a Tree) was commissioned by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, and the City of Hartford.

 

Artist Statement:

The three works in the Connecticut Artists Collection are shaped by my ongoing immigrant experience. My art is a blend of the visual vocabulary of my Polish childhood with American commercial and pop-cultural iconography. The mixture somehow assumes sculptural form and is given to paradoxes, absurdities, and (perhaps) some humor.

 

Visit the artist's website

Interview with Adam Niklewicz

More about The Charter Oak

More about Adam Niklewicz from The re:art

 
 
{Thinker}
Thinker
2010
mixed media and pure water
38" high x 24" wide x 21" deep
(purchased in 2013)

Currently on exhibit:

Where: Connecticut Office of the Arts, One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

When: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (closed State holidays)

Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.

 
{Two Chairs}
Two Chairs
2010
wood
36" high x 26" wide
(purchased in 2013)

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.


 
{Vision - view from above}    {Vision - view from side}
Vision That My Cousin Krzysio Palonka Had Back in 1970, When He Got Drunk As A Child
2004
papier-mâché, modeling paste, and acrylic paint
5" high x 6" wide x 8" deep
(purchased in 2013)

Artist Statement:
This work asks the question why a five-year-old, who gets tricked by an older sibling into having some home-made wine, begins to mumble about tiny soldiers gathering around his mouth. The incident took place in Poland, during a year when tanks appeared on the streets of two cities, to crush a surge of popular discontent with the communist rule. Was the political reality shaping the imagination of a small child by feeding it the symbols of totalitarian oppression?

Available for viewing:
Contact Michelle Parrish at 203-453-2457 or michelle.parrish@ct.gov for more information.