James Clar is an artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative 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.




2006 FedEx Institute of Technology & Lantana Projects, Memphis
2003 Eyebeam Atelier, New York


2015 Sustained Fireworks, RCCL, Miami, USA
2014 10th Anniversary Special Project, Parasol Unit, London UK
2013 Synesthetic Timeline, Fraport Headquaters, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 Unrestricted Monetary Award, Dave Bown Projects, USA
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 2010 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


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