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 studied film and animation at New York University and received his Masters from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication’s Program.

His work uses controlled light and sculptural light systems to analyze the effects of technology on our perception of reality, time, and space. As technology has permeated through our daily lives these systems have altered the way we receive information and relay our thoughts. Technology allows for new forms of communication; however every system enhances certain types of information while limiting and simplifying others. These modulated effects and alterations to our perception have become the thematic focus to his works.

Light and color are controlled to create the impression of space and imagery, often to the subject of the digitization of physical reality. The films and television we watch are largely computer generated, yet we don’t call them animations or take notice of their synthetic nature. We accept them as a form of reality and we’ve become accustomed to existing within the uncanny valley. The majority of our daily experience and information comes from the artificial light sources of our screens and phones, shifting our habitat from the physical space around us to the non-physical space of online digital systems. This gray area formulates the conceptual basis of James Clar’s practice.




  • 2017Mana Contemporary BSMT Residency, New Jersey
  • 2006Technology Research Institute, FedEx Institute of Technology & Lantana Projects, Memphis
  • 2003New Media Art Institution, Eyebeam Atelier, New York







  • 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


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