Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
Representing Traffic in their first international art fair outside of the Middle East, Dubai-based American artist James Clar presents experimental media artworks influenced by living in Dubai. His work explores nationalism, globalism, and popular culture in the age of mass information. Using a range of technologies and materials, he examines the limitations of various communication mediums, observing its effect on the individual and society. Focusing on the visual arts, his work often controls and manipulates light - the common intersection of all visual mediums.
Clar studied film as an undergraduate at New York University focusing on 3D Animation, then continued on to his Masters at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. It was here that he moved away from screen-based work and started working directly with light, creating sculptural lighting pieces. By developing his own systems with which to manipulate light, he discovered he could create unique visual displays, as well as circumvent the limitations of screen-based work, namely resolution and two-dimensionality.
James will be present throughout the duration of the fair and will be giving an informal talk with Art Asia Pacific. Also, James' work "1989" a full scale replica of the lampposts in Tienanmen Square will be placed in the public sculpture area of Art Hong Kong.
About ART FUTURES:
ART FUTURES is a feature of ART HK showcasing emerging talent represented by young galleries. These spaces present artists who must be aged 35 or less at the time of application and the galleries must be established in or after 2006 are eligible to apply for the ART FUTURES section of ART HK 11.
A cash prize is awarded to the best artist in this section by an expert panel of judges – ART HK 11's ART FUTURES prize judges will be critic and Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich Obrist, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific Elaine Ng, and Executive Director of M+ (the contemporary art museum in Hong Kong's US$2.1 billion West Kowloon Cultural District), Lars Nittve, formerly of Tate Modern, London and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. In 2010, the prize went to Shahzia Sikander of Pilar Corrias Gallery.