2010

John Clang
Time, 2009


This is a series that involves the recording and segmentation of time at a specific location into pieces of montage. Herein, I seek to recreate the intimate intricacy of how time moves and how people, albeit in a different time, are actually close to each other and traveling in a same shared space.
I’ve always been intrigued by the constant subtle changes in my urban environment: every subtle shift affects my feelings, thoughts, and hence my images. They respond acutely as a poetic reflection of myself in this environment.
Working on this series, I sought to explore how time moves in this seemingly static urban space – The people become moving energy flowing through this space, marking the changes, forming the time. These images also explore my fascination with the probability that many parallel time dimensions exist in this universe. We may have a life that exists similarly on a different path, one minute before or after the one we’re living now. In this sense, we may merely exist in this current dimension, waiting for the déjà vu when our paths in time collide.

About the Artist
Born ‘Ang Choon Leng’ in Singapore in 1973, Clang acquired his distinctive moniker during national service, as his name badge read ‘C L Ang’. In 1999, the multi-disciplinary artist and award-winning photographer relocated in New York. Whilst working with some of the biggest commercial names like Hermès, Nike, IBM and Godiva, he continues to develop a parallel artistic career by producing and exhibiting an acclaimed body of works in photography.

His photographic oeuvre reads like glimpses into a visual diary—autobiographical, evocative, and often elliptical. The images revisit key themes that continue a dialogue between contemporary landscapes and the individual: Urban alienation and a personal search for a sense of place and identity; the provocative displacement of the individual through an anti-juxtaposition of contexts; the interrogation, and recovery of memory; and the passage of time and its documentation through the axis of space. Nuanced yet startling, simple yet profound; these ‘images of the mundane’ lifted from the flow of an ordinary existence, seep into the cracks of our collective consciousness—and tear it apart.