Mixed Media 'Linguistics Beheld' At Hartford Library

Mixed Media 'Linguistics Beheld' At Hartford Library

Every construction site needs a guy like Adam Viens. Mounds of detritus pile up on these sites. Most people see them as useless junk to be tossed in a dumpster and hauled away. Viens, who works on construction sites, sees them, thinks they are beautiful, takes them home and makes art out of them.

What Viens sees in his collection of odds and ends varies from day to day. His final decision on their meaning – in and of themselves and alongside other art materials – may not emerge until he is done with a work.

“Each material has a certain association, a social connotation, which may seem random,” Viens says. “It’s like a dream, which may seem out of whack, but when you pick it...