The practice of Singaporean visual artist John Clang (b. 1973) often straddles dual realities of global cities, unfettered by confines of time and geography.
A double-sight navigator of a world in constant flux, he absorbs seemingly mundane and banal external stimuli and conveys his internal observations and ruminations through the mediums of photography and film. His approach, reminiscent to a barometer, accords his works a unique position at the confluences of the open-ended and definitive, surreal and factual, personal and universal.
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 went to on to stage 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).
He has also participated in numerous 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), FOST Gallery (2015) and 1X1 Art Gallery, Dubai (2017).
His works have entered the permanent collections of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In 2010, he became the first photographer to garner the Designer of the Year award at the President's Design Award, one of the nation's most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore.
In 2015, Clang earned his Master of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2017, he made his first foray into film with Their Remaining Journey, which premiered at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam and garnered a nomination for the festival's Bright Future Award. It is also the opening film for National Gallery Singapore’s Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art.
Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.