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James Clar
Date and place of birth
b. 1979, Wisconsin
Current location
Tokyo, Japan
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
200304, Research Resident

James Clar is a Filipino-American light and media artist who lives in Tokyo with studio production in Manila, Tokyo, and New York.

Clar’s work analyzes the effects of media and technology on our perception of culture, nationality, and identity. He studied film at NYU and received his Master’s Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). It was here that he began developing his own light systems to create visual sculptural works that combine light and technology.

Clar was an artist in residence at Eyebeam Atelier in New York, Fabrica in Italy, and the FedEx Institute of Technology/Lantana Projects in Memphis and has previously held studio practices in Tokyo and Dubai.

Clar’s artwork has been included in exhibitions at Cam Francis Museum, Barcelona; Glucksman Museum, Dublin; MACBA, Barcelona; The New Museum of Contemporary Arts, New York; Pera Museum, Istanbul; and SeMA, Seoul. He has been commissioned to develop large-scale installations for 21c Museum Hotels, Oklahoma; Dynatrace, Linz; Fraport Headquarters, Frankfurt; and Parasol Unit Foundation for the Arts, London.

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