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James Clar
BROOKLYN, NY
Neighborhood: Fort Greene



ARTIST STATEMENT: James Clar is an artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dis-associative affects of technology itself. In today’s media-saturated and technologically integrated world, the separation between real and computer generated is increasingly blurred. His work uses controlled, artificial light as a sculptural medium with a computer-minimalist aesthetic. However, his subject matter offsets these data-driven techniques by dealing with (and in a way ‘digitizing’) the natural phenomena, human emotions, or socio-political environment we live in. Originally studying film and animation at New York University; at graduate school (NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication’s Program), he came to view televisions as light systems and their own medium. Instead of relying on this set system, he started to develop his own visual systems by controlling and manipulating light itself. These light works became a physical extension of the pixel beyond the screen, pixels that created three-dimensional sculptural form. In 2007 James moved to Dubai and lived there till 2012. In the five years living there he became an active participant in the development of the arts and culture scene of the globalized city. While his early work dealt with analyzing how technology and media work, his experiences in the Middle East saw his focus shift to how technology and media affect. This included themes of nationalism, globalism, and popular culture in the age of mass information. In 2012 James moved his studio back to New York where he currently lives and works.
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  • Binary Star
    2016
    LEDs, Filters, Wire
    A Binary Star is an astronomical phenomenon where two stars lock into close orbit with each other. In this artwork the intensity from both stars are visualized in hypercolor, suggesting the energy bey

  • A Moment Defined By A Point And A Line
    2010
    CCFL, Acrylic

  • River of Time
    2016
    Industrial Conveyor Belts, Steel, Acrylic, LEDs, Computer

  • "False Awakenings" exhibition at Jane Lombard Gallery
    2016
    exhibition install image from Jane Lombard gallery

  • Seoul Museum of Art
    2015
    install image from exhibition at Seoul Museum of Art, summer 2015

  • "SEEK" exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher
    2014
    install image from "SEEK" exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher, London

  • Horizontal Force
    2015
    LEDs, Filters, Wire
    A visualization of a bullet slicing through the air, paused and frozen in place. The physical material of the bullet is removed while the invisible energy surrounding it is visualized through lights l

  • One Minute Dreamstate
    2012
    LEDs, Filters, Wire

  • Freefall
    2009 - current
    LEDs, Filters, Wire
    Freefall Series depicts an illuminated figure of a person in the motion of falling by using light filters that cast light and color onto the wall. Borrowing a visual technique used in animation and co

  • Rain (static simulation)
    2012
    Lights, Filters   210cm x 90cm

  • Ball & Chain
    2010
    Car Headlights, LED, Chain

  • Standard Observer (Looking Glass)
    2012
    Lights, Filters

  • Soundwave (Rolex Tower)
    2011
    Steel

  • The Difference Between Me & You
    2011
    TVs, Acrylic
 








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