John Clang /   Ang Choon Leng

Singapore 1973


John Clang
Ang Choon Leng
March 2, 2015
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John Clang is Singaporean photographer, a technical virtuoso with a seemingly limitless capacity for innovating ideas. He produces work with a strong autobiographical undertone, frequently around themes of loss and urban alienation.

Clang was born as Ang Choon Leng in Singapore in 1973, Clang acquired his distinctive moniker during national service, as his name badge read ‘C L Ang’.

In 2010, he became the first photographer in Singapore to receive the President’s Designer of the Year award – the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. He was also selected by a panel of jury as one of 30 finalists for the 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

When talking about his own work Clang states “My images express an organic and poetic response to the nuanced shifts in my environment. My oeuvre reads like a visual diary, documenting my personal growth and critical thinking processes. The deeply personal also occupies my work. Many of my series narrate my inner landscape and narrative of emotional conflicts, specifically the themes of memory, identity and longing as a Singaporean in New York separated from my family.”

Clang’s first exhibition, at age 20, was a duo-show at the controversial (and now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists. In 2001, he had his first solo exhibition at the Diane von Furstenberg Foundation in New York. He has since participated in more than 20 solo and group exhibitions internationally. An installation of his personal work is in the permanent collection at the Singapore Art Museum and his artwork is also collected by private collectors from around the world.

After his relocation to New York where he set up his studio called “Clang photography”, Clang proceeded to become one of the city’s most industrious commercial photographers, shooting advertising campaigns for famous clients such as Nike, Timberland, Evian, Motorola, Reebok etc.

Clang currently lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014(Re)Contextualizing My Mind Pékin Fine Arts, Hong Kong.Solo
2014Family Matters Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, ItalyGroup
2014Anthropos New YorkSundaram Tagore, New York, USAGroup
2014Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2014Asuntos domésticosSala exposiciones Diputación de Huesca, Spain Group
2014War RoomPékin Fine Arts Hong Kong Group
2013Being Together: Family & Portraits – Photographing with John Clang National Museum of Singapore, SingaporeSolo
2013When I say you are dreaming, so am I2902 Gallery, Art Stage Singapore, SingaporeSolo
2013Zoological2902 Gallery, Singapore Group
2013GhostScupture Square, SingaporeGroup
2012John Clang: Self Reflection Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2012The 2011 Sovereign Asian Art PrizeThe Sands Expo and Convention Center, SingaporeGroup
2012Crossing SEA(s) 2902 Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2012I See China Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2012Paper MoonKSU Art Museum, Kennesaw, USAGroup
2012Venti d'Orientemc2gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2012W I T H ( O U T )Brockspace, London, UK Group
2011The Open Daybook Exhibition Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, USAGroup
2011ANGSANA: Southeast Asian Photographers Taking Flight 2902 Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong KongGroup
2011NOW or NEVERION Art Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2011What's Next 30 x 30 Creative ExhibitionThe OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, ChinaGroup
2011What's Next 30 x 30 Creative Exhibition ArtisTree, Hong KongGroup
2011Not Too Far Away2902 Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2010Con(Front)2902 Gallery, Singapore[16]Solo
2010Through the Looking GlassAnnexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaGroup
2010Through the Looking Glass2902 Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2010HIDEntitiesmc2gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
20102nd Dali International Photography Festival, Human : Nature Dali, Yunan, ChinaGroup
2010Human FacesNational Museum of Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2010The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art PrizeArtspace@Helutrans, SingaporeGroup
2009(super)naturalThe Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York CityGroup
2009TransportAsian Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2007Clang: A White BookThe Substation, SingaporeSolo
2004Clang. A Self PortraitJendela Gallery,The Esplanade, SingaporeSolo
2003They Were in Color: 4 June 2001 – 27 January 2002 Galerie Colette, Paris, FranceSolo
2003Fear of Losing the Existence Bank Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2002Porn? Proud Galleries, London, UKGroup
2002FascinationSingapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2001Backs DVF studio, New York CitySolo
1993Critical Framework 5th Passage Gallery, SingaporeGroup