Noise Field

James Clar
Silverlens, Manila

About

    Noise Field #1 is James Clar's first solo exhibition in the Philippines and with Silverlens. His works explore the effects of media and technology in shaping our perception of culture, space, and reality. In this exhibition, he displays digitized daydreams made up of car doors with laser scanners repeating a vibrant pattern over it, an installation of a clear resin plane strewn with fruits and birds illuminated by the constant blinking of LED lights, and a light and liquid installation using laserscanners and monsoon rains to create a 2D plane of light. 

     

     

     

    James Clar’s (b. 1979, USA) work is an analysis and observation on the affects of media and technology on our perception of culture, nationality, and identity. His interest is in new technology and production processes, using them as a medium, while analyzing and critiquing their modifying affects on human behavior.

    Clar studied film as an undergraduate at New York University focusing on 3D Animation, then continued on to his Masters at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. It was here that he moved away from screen-based work and started working directly with light, creating sculptural lighting pieces. By developing his own systems with which to manipulate light, he discovered he could create unique visual displays, as well as circumvent the limitations of screen-based work, namely resolution and two-dimensionality.

    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.

    Since returning back to New York, James’ work further explored the conceptual and narrative potential of light and technology. These systems are integrated into our daily lives, altering the way we receive information and communicate. They inform our perception of reality, time, and space. Every system for communication enhances certain types of information while limiting and simplifying others. These modulated effects to our perception have become a thematic focus to his works and a way to experiment with narrative forms.

    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. His artwork has been included in the Chanel Mobile Art exhibition (Tokyo), The New Museum of Contemporary Arts (New York), The Chelsea Art Museum (New York), The Somerset House (UK), Museum on Seam (Jerusalem), and Louis Vuitton Gallery (Hong Kong).

    James Clar lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Noise Field #1 is James Clar's first solo exhibition in the Philippines and with Silverlens. His works explore the effects of media and technology in shaping our perception of culture, space, and reality. In this exhibition, he displays digitized daydreams made up of car doors with laser scanners repeating a vibrant pattern over it, an installation of a clear resin plane strewn with fruits and birds illuminated by the constant blinking of LED lights, and a light and liquid installation using laserscanners and monsoon rains to create a 2D plane of light. 

 

 

 

James Clar’s (b. 1979, USA) work is an analysis and observation on the affects of media and technology on our perception of culture, nationality, and identity. His interest is in new technology and production processes, using them as a medium, while analyzing and critiquing their modifying affects on human behavior.

Clar studied film as an undergraduate at New York University focusing on 3D Animation, then continued on to his Masters at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. It was here that he moved away from screen-based work and started working directly with light, creating sculptural lighting pieces. By developing his own systems with which to manipulate light, he discovered he could create unique visual displays, as well as circumvent the limitations of screen-based work, namely resolution and two-dimensionality.

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.

Since returning back to New York, James’ work further explored the conceptual and narrative potential of light and technology. These systems are integrated into our daily lives, altering the way we receive information and communicate. They inform our perception of reality, time, and space. Every system for communication enhances certain types of information while limiting and simplifying others. These modulated effects to our perception have become a thematic focus to his works and a way to experiment with narrative forms.

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. His artwork has been included in the Chanel Mobile Art exhibition (Tokyo), The New Museum of Contemporary Arts (New York), The Chelsea Art Museum (New York), The Somerset House (UK), Museum on Seam (Jerusalem), and Louis Vuitton Gallery (Hong Kong).

James Clar lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Works

James Clar
Noise Field #1
2019
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controlled laser, monsoon rain
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Laser scanners are used to create a 2D plane of light. Installed outside during the monsoon season, as it rains the individual drops pass through the wall of light. They sparkle and create a randomly generated noise field that is a combination of natural
and technological systems.
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James Clar
Flowers in December
2019
3319
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concrete, LED neon, plastic flowers, glass birds
68.11h x 68.11w in • 173h x 173w cm
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Taken from a Mazzy Star song that describes secrets as flowers in December. In the artwork flowers are cast into concrete with swirls of light moving around them. Two glass birds are placed within the concrete also.

"Send me your flowers of your December
Send me your dreams of your candy wine
I got just one thing I can't give you
Just one more thing of mine"
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James Clar
A New Dawn
2019
3325
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LED lights, filters
47.24h x 47.24w in • 120h x 120w cm
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A depiction of the sun rising and clearing the morning fog.

Within the LED tubes you see the orange sun peaking through swirling clouds. Between the LEDs you see bands of color which represent the evaporation of the morning mist due to the rising temperature.

The brightness levels are controlled so that the sun appears in the background and the technical indication of the temperature rising sits in the foreground.
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James Clar
Typhoon (around and around we go)
2019
3321
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resin, LED neon, plastic fruits, glass birds
68.11h x 68.11w in • 173h x 173w cm
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A circular motion of light is created with LED neon cast in clear resin that looks like water. Fruits and two birds are strewn about.
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James Clar
Taking a ride with my best friend
2019
3323
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car door, controlled laser, generative pattern
56h x 46w x 6d in • 142.24h x 116.84w x 15.24d cm
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A laser design morphs and animates over a car door. It is a visualization of thought and daydreaming as you go for a car ride and stare out the window.
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