James Clar | Bio
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
James Clar, media art, lighting art, light art, pop art, interactive art, led art, minimal, installation, 3d cube, jamesclar, light and space, new media, American visual artist, medium, dissociative, disruptive technology, technology
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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.










  • 2016River of Time, 21c Museum Hotels, Oklahoma City, USA
  • 2015Sustained Fireworks, RCCL, Miami, USA
  • 2014Parasol Unit, London, United Kingdom
  • 2013Synesthesia, Fraport Headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2012Unrestricted Monetary Award, Dave Bown Projects, USA
  •  Art Dubai Public Projects, Dubai
  • 2011Media Hype, Free Fall, Lighting Installations at The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • 2010Soundwave / Order Chaos Order, Lobby Art Installations at Rolex Tower, Dubai
  • 2010Nineteen-Eighty Nine, Public Installation for Art Abu Dhabi and Traffic
  • 20083D Display Cube v4, Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology(CREST), University of Tsukuba Tokyo
  • 2006Inside / Out, Public Installation, FedEx Institute of Technology / Lantana Projects, Memphis





  • 2012SENSEight #3, New York
  •  “The Hatch” Art Dubai, Dubai
  • 2011The Pavilion, Dubai UAE
  • 2010Art Abu Dhabi 2010, Dubai, UAE
  •  Pecha Kucha Night, Dubai, UAE
  •  ARTHK10 – Hong Kong International Art Fair, Hong Kong, China
  • 2009Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008Arquiset Symposium, Barcelona
  •  Lightscapes Workshop @ Hangar, Barcelona
  •  Pecha Kucha Night, Dubai Spring
  •  New York University (ITP), New York Spring
  • 2007Professional Lighting Designers Conf, London Oct
  •  Tama Art University, Tokyo Sept
  • 2006American Institute of Architects (AIA), Memphis April
  •  Meisei University, Tokyo Jan
  • 2005Seoul Design Festival, Korea
  •  Klein-Dytham’s Pecha Kucha Night, Tokyo Fall
  •  Shift Magazine’s DotMOV Festival, Japan
  • 2004Ateneo de Manila University Spring





  • 2006Technology Research Institute, FedEx Institute of Technology & Lantana Projects, Memphis
  • 2003New Media Art Institution, Eyebeam Atelier, New York



COLLECTIONS (selected)


21C Museum, Louisville
Yves Klein foundation, Paris
Borusan Art Collection, Istanbul
Susan and Michael Hort, New York
Alan Wurtzel, Washington DC
Sharifa Alsudairi, Saudi Arabia
Tanya Capriles, Madrid
Ernesto Ventos, Barcelona
Robert Bielecki, New York
Richard Massey, New York
Ellen Schweber, New York
The Farook Collection, Dubai
The Samawi Collection, Dubai
The Salsali Collection, Dubai