John Clang: Self-Reflection
Solo Exhibit at Pekin Fine Arts
Exhibition Dates: @ 3 Nov - 3 Dec , 2012
Opening Reception: @3 Nov, 2012,2 - 6 pm
“Ultimately, a good photograph is one that brings us face-to-face with our own existence. It pulls the stranger standing next to us into the intimate radius of our life. It collapses the beauty and strangeness around us into one. It connects. A good photograph does all these.” – John Clang
Pékin Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of selected works by Singapore photographer John Clang. Self-Reflection is Clang’s first solo exhibition after joining the gallery and his first solo exhibition in China.
Works from several projects will be on exhibit.
The artist’s statement:
“He was born Ang Choon Leng in Singapore, earned his moniker in 1990 while in the National Service (army) as his badge read C L Ang.
In the early 90s, being a Singaporean was extremely difficult to secure meetings locally. However, when he introduced himself as Clang, people were more receptive to meet him, thinking that he was from Europe. It must have been a great disappointment when they met him.
The mundane and the commonplace attract me—I always profess an affinity for subjects closely related to my daily life. I often dwell upon urban and contemporary themes and landscapes; be it the city or its inhabitants. Intrigued by subtle changes in my environment, I find a corresponding shift in my feelings and thoughts. Hence, my images are a poetic reflection of myself in response to the nuanced changes in my environment.
In series like Silhouette/Urban Intervention (Black Tape), Strangers, Time, Out of Context, Beijing/NYC, Remembering Strangers, My Twilight Window and Self-Reflection, I grapple with issues of estrangement and intimacy in an urban space; the displacement of familiar urban objects, views and perspectives; as well as our sense of identity and place in this world.
The deeply personal also occupies my work; specifically the themes of memory, identity and longing as a son living overseas (in New York City) for years and separated from my family back home. In series like Erasure and Guilt, I respectively explore the fears when contemplating the death of a loved one, and the guilt of disappointing our loved ones.
Explorations of identity can also take a turn for the playful and provocative—as evidenced in lighter series like Beon Sleeps and Me and Friends.”
In early 2013, Clang will have a solo exhibition at the Singapore National Museum, featuring Clang’s complete series of 40 family portraits “Being Together”. In “Being Together”, the artist uses SKYPE video conferencing technology to shoot family members scattered around the globe, resulting in seemingly “reunited” family portraits, The photo portraits appear as though the members are standing side-by-side, seemingly overcoming the long distances separating them. “Being Together” also alludes to the emergence of and dependence on new technology (producing new photography) in over-coming individual isolation and geographic remoteness such as family member diaspora, frequently spread out around today’s world.
John Clang now resides in New York City and works internationally both as a visual artist and a commercial photographer. His commercial work is widely published, with photo assignments most recently for the New York Times and China’s Modern Media group. Clang’s artwork was recently on exhibit in the “I See China” (2012) group exhibit at Pékin Fine Arts.
Venue:@Pekin Fine Arts: No.241 Cao Chang Di Village, Cui Ge Zhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China