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James Clar: ALL EVERYTHING22 September 2014 - 8 March 2015

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING', 2014

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London

James Clar ALL EVERYTHING install image

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London. Photo: Stephen White

James Clar ALL EVERYTHING

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London. Photo: Stephen White

James Clar ALL EVERYTHING

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London. Photo: Stephen White

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING', 2014

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London. Photo: Stephen White

James Clar: ALL EVERYTHING

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London. Photo: Nick Harvey

James Clar ALL EVERYTHING

James Clar, 'ALL EVERYTHING' (detail), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London.

Overview

James Clar

ALL EVERYTHING, 2014

Commissioned especially for Parasol unit’s 10th Anniversary

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary year, Parasol unit commissioned the American artist James Clar to create an outdoor work to explore the phenomenon of light. As a result, his extraordinary light sculpture ALL EVERYTHING, 2014, which represents new beginnings, history, and infinite potential, will illuminate the outdoor terrace at Parasol unit.

ALL EVERYTHING embodies two extremes: the initial ‘Big Bang’ that created the universe and the history of its continuing expansion. A large burst of light represents the Big Bang, with individual rays extending outwards in all directions – a metaphorical nano-moment suspended together with the history of ever-expanding space. Etched into the acrylic-tube light rays is a scaled timeline of the universe. At the end of each ray it is noted that human beings came into existence some 12.9 billion years after the Big Bang.

Structurally, ALL EVERYTHING consists of two intersecting metal posts, each approximately four metres long, supported on a base stand. At their axis is a complex central system of spheres, about 25 cm in diameter, from which stem 180 acrylic-tube light rods, curving outwards. From this central group of spheres, 180 miniature, 1-watt, LED (light-emitting diodes) shoot light down each rod. The light rods, approximately 180 cm long and 2 cm in diameter, are etched with a scaled timeline of the universe.

 

Artist Biography

James Clar, born 1979, now lives and works in New York. Working with light as a sculptural form, his work explores the effects of media and technology within our culture. Clar studied film and animation at New York University, where he gained a BA in Film/3D Animation and an MA in Interactive Telecommunications. His major interest is in new technology and production processes, which he uses as a medium, while analysing and critiquing their modifying effects on human behaviour.

Since 2006, James Clar has had solo exhibitions in London, Barcelona, Dubai, Hong Kong, Berlin, Lyon, Brussels, and Memphis. He has also shown in numerous group exhibitions at prestigious international institutions including MoMA PS1 and the New Museum in New York; the Digital Arts Festival, Tokyo; and at Somerset House, London. His previous commissions include works for Fraport headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany; the Rolex Tower, Dubai; Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST), University of Tsukuba, Tokyo, and the FedEx Institute of Technology/Lantana Projects, Memphis. Since July 2014, he has been represented by Carroll-Fletcher, an established commercial gallery in London.

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