ABOUT 3 RECENT WORKS
1. BEKSA (Crybaby), 2021 / video / 1:13 min. running time.
Sculpture: male head, plastic bottles, tape
2. THE RUMBLINGS OF A SOUL, 2021
Video presentation of a kinetic sculpture/ 1:44 min. running time.
Sculpture: coffee cup, scissors, thread, rotating device
3. UNTITLED, 2020
Video presentation of a kinetic (rotating) sculpture / 0:41 min. running time.
Sculpture: shovel, disco ball mirror squares, rotating device / 41”x 9”x 2”
Niklewicz’s work thrives on surprise and plays with de-contextualization. The objects of his attention are quite ordinary. These are tables, chairs, plates and a host of other items that have a role to play in the network of daily experiences that define the practical world. Niklewicz stands back and assumes a detached view of the objects attempting to discover new and secret aspects of reality by making obvious things odd and finding playful qualities along with clear and palpable symbolism. Such contemplative detachment translates into absurd situations suspended of practicality but with healthy dose of irony and humor – all communicated through mediums ranging from sculpture, video, installation and conceptual photography.
Adam Niklewicz (born in 1957 in Zamość, Poland) is a Polish-born American sculptor who earned his BFA in graphic communications in 1989 from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase in 2006. His work has been featured and discussed in ARTnews, CNNSculpture Magazine, Modern Painters, Art New England, The New York Times, and The Nation(in Poland – in Artpunkt, Exit, Format, and Obieg), among others. He has shown at such venues as Grounds for Sculpture, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Real Art Ways, the New Britain Museum of American Art, Black & White Gallery, Five Myles, Stamford Museum, Galerie fur Landschaftskunst (Hamburg, Germany), Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej (Opole, Poland), and Zacheta(Warsaw, Poland).