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. 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 accolades in Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore.
In 2017, he made his first foray into film with Their Remaining Journey, which has its world premiere at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Bright Future Competition. The film was also selected as the Opening Film for Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art at the National Gallery Singapore.
Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.