original name badge from army days

original name badge from army days

Born in 1973 in Singapore, John Clang is a visual artist working in photography and film. He was born Ang Choon Leng and earned his moniker in 1990 while serving in the army as his name badge read C L Ang. He received his Master of Art Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015. 

His fascination on time, displacement and existence influence his work. His works examine and raise questions of the world he lives in, providing not pictorial documentation but an intimate mental reflection of one man's mind.

Clang’s first exhibition, at age 20, was a duo-show at the controversial (and now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists.

He has solo exhibitions at Bank Gallery, Los Angeles (2003), Jendela Gallery, Singapore (2004), The Substation, Singapore (2007), 2902 Gallery, Singapore (2010), Pekin Fine Arts, Beijing (2012), National Museum of Singapore (2013), Pekin Fine Arts, Hong Kong (2014) and FOST Gallery (2016).

His work has also been shown in group exhibitions including Proud Galleries, London (2002), Singapore Art Museum (2009), Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2010), mc2gallery, Milan (2010), National Museum of Singapore (2010), 2902 Gallery, Singapore (2011), LACE, Los Angeles (2011), KSU Art Museum, Kennesaw (2012), CCC Strozzina, Florence (2014), Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York (2014) and FOST Gallery (2015). 

His work can also be found in the permanent collections of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In 2010, he became the first photographer to receive the Designer of the Year award at the President's Design Award. It is the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore.  

Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.