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Adam John Manley was born and raised in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. He received his BA in International Relations and Political Science from SUNY New Paltz, and after falling in love with Furniture Design and woodworking, an MFA from San Diego State University.

Trained in Furniture making and construction techniques, 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 was Windgate Artist in Residence at University of Wisconsin Madison in the Fall of 2014.


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