James Clar | Double Rainbow All The WayCarbon 12, Dubai13 Sept – 5 Nov 2015
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
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“Double Rainbow All The Way”, derived from the viral video of a man who sees and records a double rainbow appearing in his backyard in the early hours of the morning, perfectly blends feelings of awe and confusion as he desperately tries to grasp what it all means. The video struck a chord online for its raw emotion and seemingly absurdity, however it reflected a much deeper observation on the prevailing sense of eroded reality that’s been brought about by social media, the internet, and technology. It describes our fascination and fear of technology, how it has altered our view of the physical world, and our desire to make sense of it all.

 

For the exhibition, Clar pulls on various conceptual threads that analyze media and technology in clever and unexpected ways, challenging our sense of time and reality.

 

In lightworks such as Horizontal Force (2015), the invisible forces of heat and motion are visualized while the physical object itself is rendered unseen. It freezes the movement of a bullet slicing through molecules of air, its thermal energy preceding it and visualized through lights, altering our sense of matter and duration.

 

Another work, Disconnected (2014), features an electrical outlet and next to it is an electrical cable that is forcefully pushed into the wall next to the outlet. Connected to the electrical cable is a lightbulb, that strangely, is turned On. This work, and others, disrupt established technological systems, and when information systems are manipulated, we are pushed to question reality as it is; to question what it all means.

 

How we identify ourselves, our culture and our nationality is inherently influenced by technology. It is precisely that vague area of identity that Clar creates doubt, using this confusion as a conceptual focus. With a delicate humor and a feeling of awe the works inspire a deeper questioning of technology’s influence on the nature of consciousness and our perceived reality.

Double Rainbow All The Way

Carbon 12, Dubai
13 Sept – 5 Nov 2015