Trained in Furniture making and construction techniques, Adam Manley creates a range of works, from large-scale sculptural objects and installations, to furniture and functional objects. Currently, his work addresses Landscape, environment, space and place through constructed forms that engage the viewer not only with the work itself, but also with the immediate surroundings. This work promotes an evaluation of the relationship to and engagement with place, while exploring the personal sense of place that we all harbor. Utilizing the language of familiar utilitarian objects, iconic architectural structures, and infrastructural systems, Adam investigates the personal relationship with the everyday spaces that we inhabit and re-imagines it by altering and transplanting familiar forms. His recent body of work explores landscape, place, and history through juxtaposition of elements into confounding narratives.
Adam lives and works in Portland Maine and was Windgate artist in residence at UW Madison for Fall 2014.