James Clar | Material Art Gallery, Memphis17 Mar 2006
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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Two of Clar’s light sculptures are on display at Material. The interactive piece Blue 88 consists of 14 fluorescent tubes of blue light arranged to look like the side-by-side figure eights on an LED clock face. You’re encouraged to turn the tubes on and off. As you reconfigure this sculpture, opening and closing its parameters, you may find yourself thinking about blue skies and the pervasive quality of the light that softly illuminates the tubes and the gallery space.

 

To create You and Me, Clar suspended fluorescent tubes of white light from the ceiling. In this uncharacteristically personal work, the artist pays tribute to his wife for the ways “she supports me and lets me shine.” Metal ballasts on the ceiling spelling out the word “you” represent his wife. The cool-white fluorescent tubes that spell out the word “me” refer to Clar — a particularly appropriate metaphor for an artist whose career, like light, seems to have no limits.

Material Art Gallery, Memphis
17 Mar 2006