James Clar is set to show his latest collection of work, Dynamic Entities, at Untitled Miami Beach 2019 via Jane Lombard Gallery (New York). Dynamic Entities features sculpture and installation inspired by the movement of, and our relationship with, water.
Climate change, specifically, is part of our existence now and these works are a reflection of that in art.
"The weather connects us to the world through the sensations of natural phenomena like rain, wind, and sunlight. And with the increase of technology, we've been able to gain information about the weather from places and times we hadn't before, and this has given us better perspective of how we are in this time and place, " he says. "Dynamic Entities is about our human relationship to the weather, specifically water. I'm looking at properties of liquids to find an aesthetic system to recreate and that creates conceptual narrative for viewers. There is an area between the scientific 'truth' of meteorology and the psychological and imaginative effects of weather that I'm navigating."
The work shows liquid as a force using LED lights and filters to make complicated but still intimate structures. The title refers to the system by which power (or water) ebbs and flows. The title itself is derived from Nietzsche.
"Time plays a large roll in the works by either slowing down, pausing, or repeating actions indefinitely," says Clar. "Liquids and the weather are a way to integrate indeterminate systems into an otherwise rigid system."
Clar is originally from Wisconsin and lives in New York City. He holds a BA in film and 3D animation and an MA in media art from Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). His work is held in museums worldwide. including the Can Framis Museum (Barcelona), Pera Art Museum (Istanbul) The New Museum (New York). Shadai Gallery (at Tokyo Polytechnic University).