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.
|2014||(Re)Contextualizing My Mind||Pékin Fine Arts, Hong Kong.||Solo|
|2014||Family Matters||Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, Italy||Group|
|2014||Anthropos New York||Sundaram Tagore, New York, USA||Group|
|2014||Afterimage: Contemporary Photography from Southeast Asia||Singapore Art Museum, Singapore||Group|
|2014||Asuntos domésticos||Sala exposiciones Diputación de Huesca, Spain||Group|
|2014||War Room||Pékin Fine Arts Hong Kong||Group|
|2013||Being Together: Family & Portraits – Photographing with John Clang||National Museum of Singapore, Singapore||Solo|
|2013||When I say you are dreaming, so am I||2902 Gallery, Art Stage Singapore, Singapore||Solo|
|2013||Zoological||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2013||Ghost||Scupture Square, Singapore||Group|
|2012||John Clang: Self Reflection||Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Solo|
|2012||The 2011 Sovereign Asian Art Prize||The Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore||Group|
|2012||Crossing SEA(s)||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2012||I See China||Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing, China||Group|
|2012||Paper Moon||KSU Art Museum, Kennesaw, USA||Group|
|2012||Venti d'Oriente||mc2gallery, Milan, Italy||Group|
|2012||W I T H ( O U T )||Brockspace, London, UK||Group|
|2011||The Open Daybook Exhibition||Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, USA||Group|
|2011||ANGSANA: Southeast Asian Photographers Taking Flight||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2011||The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize||The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong||Group|
|2011||NOW or NEVER||ION Art Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2011||What's Next 30 x 30 Creative Exhibition||The OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen, China||Group|
|2011||What's Next 30 x 30 Creative Exhibition||ArtisTree, Hong Kong||Group|
|2011||Not Too Far Away||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2010||Con(Front)||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Solo|
|2010||Through the Looking Glass||Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Group|
|2010||Through the Looking Glass||2902 Gallery, Singapore||Group|
|2010||HIDEntities||mc2gallery, Milan, Italy||Group|
|2010||2nd Dali International Photography Festival, Human : Nature||Dali, Yunan, China||Group|
|2010||Human Faces||National Museum of Singapore, Singapore||Group|
|2010||The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize||Artspace@Helutrans, Singapore||Group|
|2009||(super)natural||The Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York City||Group|
|2009||TransportAsian||Singapore Art Museum, Singapore||Group|
|2007||Clang: A White Book||The Substation, Singapore||Solo|
|2004||Clang. A Self Portrait||Jendela Gallery,The Esplanade, Singapore||Solo|
|2003||They Were in Color: 4 June 2001 – 27 January 2002||Galerie Colette, Paris, France||Solo|
|2003||Fear of Losing the Existence||Bank Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA||Solo|
|2002||Porn?||Proud Galleries, London, UK||Group|
|2002||Fascination||Singapore Art Museum, Singapore||Group|
|2001||Backs||DVF studio, New York City||Solo|
|1993||Critical Framework||5th Passage Gallery, Singapore||Group|