Adam Frelin


Adam Frelin’s goal as an artist is to document and create images, objects and actions that tap into a shared visual vocabulary, functioning as icons of our contemporary world. Like a fragment of fiction slipping into the margins of reality, Frelin use art as a way to insert emblematic moments into our everyday lives. Whether naturally occurring or staged, real or imagined, these moments take place at points where our natural and constructed worlds intersect. Landscape, both natural and man-made, becomes the stage that determines both the objects he creates and the action he directs. And, like discrete myths, the narratives that unfold are similar to morality tales. Religious rituals from his childhood have strongly affected my in his performative use of iconic objects and images. Through art, he has discovered a secular outlet for utilizing fantasy as way to connect with the real world.

Adam Frelin divided his undergraduate education between Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; Hunter College, New York, NY; and the Art Center of Lorenzo de’Medici, Florence, Italy. In 2001 he received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, CA. From 2001-2004 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Webster University, in St. Louis, MO, and since 2006 has held the position of Assistant Professor of Art at SUNY University at Albany, in Albany, NY. He has shown at such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Getty Research Institute; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Frelin has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Gateway Foundation, and the College art Association. He has attended numerous artist residencies such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Frelin has completed projects in Japan, Finland, Austria, Ukraine, and most recently India. He has had two books of photography published and has had several public artworks commissioned.
Frelin lives and works in Troy and Brooklyn, NY. For more information regarding Frelin and his work, visit his website at www.adamfrelin.com.

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