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James Clar
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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1979 Wisconsin, USA


2016 False Awakenings, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
2015 Double Rainbow All The Way, Carbon 12, Dubai
2014 SEEK, Carroll / Fletcher, London
ALL EVERYTHING, Parasol unit for contemporary art, London
2013 Data Packets, Galeria Senda, Barcelona
2012 Iris Was A Pupil, Carbon12, Dubai
2011 ART FUTURES, ART HK 11, Hong Kong
2010 What Goes Around Comes Around, Caprice Horn, Berlin
Acceleration, Art Dubai, Dubai
2009 For Your Eyes Only, Traffic, Dubai
2008 Galerie Roger Tator, Festival of Light, Lyon
2007 Lab [AU], Brussels
2006 SubSpace South, Memphis
Material Art Gallery, Memphis


2016 colección olorVISUAL, Can Framis Museum, Barcelona
Looking at One Thing and Thinking of Something Else, Carroll / Fletcher, London
2015 This Is Not A Love Song, Pera Museum, Istanbul
Second Hand Emotions curated by Carson Chan, Dallas Aurora, Dallas
Peace Minus One, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Smoke And Mirrors, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville USA
She Sells Sea Shells By The Seashore, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York
James Clar / Dennis Loesch, Lange Strasse 31, Frankfurt
Museum of Art & Design, Singapore
2014 Rockaway!, MoMA PS1 / Honolulu Biennial, New York
Summer Art 2014, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah UAE
Big Bang Data, Center for Contemporary Culture (CCCB), Barcelona
The Language of Human Conciousness, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
Dazed & Confused, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York
They Sicken Of The Calm Who Know The Storm curated by Maureen Sullivan, Fridman Gallery, New York
OnScreen, Carroll / Fletcher, London
2013 CurateNYC, Top 150, Rush Arts Gallery, New York
Aurora Dallas, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas
“Coming To Terms”, Jackman Humanities Institute, Toronto
“Amber Ablett, James Clar, Wayne Clough, Patrick Coyle, Leigh Suh, Sarah Tew, William Cobbing”, Alma Enterprises, London
“This Is Not A Love Song”, Museum Palau de la Virreina, Spain
LumenRay, Jerome Zodo Gallery, Milan, Italy
2012 Segment 3, Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul
Segment 2, Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul
Forwards / Vorwaerts. Q Contemporary, Beirut
Dark Side of the Moon, Carbon 12, Dubai
The Bravery of Being Out Of Range II, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
2011 The State: Social / Anti-Social, Traffic, Dubai
West End?, Museum On The Seam, Jerusalem
Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The Bravery of Being Out Of Range I, ATHR Gallery, Jeddah
I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I Need is Love, Traffic, Dubai
2010 THE STATE, Traffic, Dubai
“Armed” split exhibition with Abdulnasser Gharem, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi
2009 The Singular Suit (group show by Esquire Magazine), Somerset House, London
2008 Chanel Mobile Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2007 Museum of Science and Innovation, Tokyo
2006 Pop!Tech conference, Maine
Wired Next Fest, New York
9th Japan Media Arts Festival, Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2005 NHK Digital Arts Festival, Tokyo
WIRED NextFest, Chicago
8th Japan Media Arts Festival, Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2004 The Chelsea Art Museum, New York
2003 New Museum of Contemporary Arts, New York


2015 Sustained Fireworks, RCCL, Miami, USA
2014 Parasol Unit, London, United Kingdom
2013 Synesthesia, Fraport Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 Unrestricted Monetary Award, Dave Bown Projects, USA
Art Dubai Public Projects, Dubai
2011 Media Hype, Free Fall, Lighting Installations at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dubai
2010 Soundwave / Order Chaos Order, Lobby Art Installations at Rolex Tower, Dubai
2010 Nineteen-Eighty Nine, Public Installation for Art Abu Dhabi and Traffic
2008 3D Display Cube v4, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology(CREST), University of Tsukuba Tokyo
2006 Inside / Out, Public Installation, FedEx Institute of Technology / Lantana Projects, Memphis

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