John Clang

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John Clang is a photographer/visual artist. He was born in Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

 in 1973, and lives and works in New York
New York
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 and Singapore. Clang’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. In 2009, he has his first gallery representation by 2902 Gallery and Singapore Art Museum
Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum contains the national art collection of Singapore. It has a collection of 7,750 pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, and has an expanding collection of new Asian and international contemporary art.- History :Officially opened in 1996, it...

 acquired his artwork as part of their permanent collection.

Early years


Clang was born Ang Choon Leng (汪春龙)in Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

. He earned his moniker while in the National Service in Singapore
National Service in Singapore
Conscription in Singapore, called National Service , requires all male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents who have reached the age of 18 to enrol in the military...

 as his badge
Badge
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 read C L Ang. At age 17 he enrolled in Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore to study fine arts but left after six months to assist a fine-art photographer named Chua Soo Bin, who is the Cultural Medallion
Cultural Medallion
The Cultural Medallion is a Singapore cultural award conferred to those who have achieved artistic excellence in dance, theatre, literature, music, photography, art and film....

 recipient in 1988.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2001 Backs, DVF studio, New York, USA
  • 2003 They Were in Color: Jun 4 2001 – Jan 27 2002, Galerie Colette, Paris, France
  • 2003 Fear of Losing the Existence, Bank Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2004 Clang. A Self Portrait, Jendela Gallery/The Esplanade
    The Esplanade
    The Esplanade may refer to:*The Esplanade , a street in Toronto close to many major areas, such as the Gardiner Expressway, the Financial District, and Toronto's Harbourfront....

    , Singapore
  • 2007 Clang: A White Book, The Substation
    The Substation
    The Substation is Singapore's first and only independent contemporary arts centre. It was founded in 1990 by Kuo Pao Kun.The Substation is centrally located in the city's civic district. Venues at The Substation for hire include a black-box theatre, a gallery, a dance studio, the Random Room and...

    , Singapore
  • 2010 Con(Front), 2902 Gallery, Singapore

Selected group exhibitions

  • 1993 Critical Framework, 5th Passage Gallery, Singapore
  • 2002 Porn?, Proud Galleries, London, UK
  • 2002 Fascination, Singapore Art Museum
    Singapore Art Museum
    The Singapore Art Museum contains the national art collection of Singapore. It has a collection of 7,750 pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, and has an expanding collection of new Asian and international contemporary art.- History :Officially opened in 1996, it...

    , Singapore
  • 2009 (super)natural, The Tobacco Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • 2009 TransportAsian, Singapore Art Museum
    Singapore Art Museum
    The Singapore Art Museum contains the national art collection of Singapore. It has a collection of 7,750 pieces of Singaporean and Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art, and has an expanding collection of new Asian and international contemporary art.- History :Officially opened in 1996, it...

    , Singapore
  • 2010 Through the Looking Glass, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2010 Through the Looking Glass, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
  • 2010 HIDEntities, mc2gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2010 2nd Dali International Photography Festival, Human : Nature, Dali, Yunan, China
  • 2010 Human Faces, National Museum of Singapore
    National Museum of Singapore
    The National Museum of Singapore is a national museum in Singapore and the oldest museum in Singapore. Its history dates back to 1849 when it was started as a section of a library at Singapore Institution...

    , Singapore
  • 2010 The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Artspace@Helutrans, Singapore
  • 2011 The Open Daybook Exhibition, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
    Located in Hollywood, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions is a nonprofit exhibition space and archive of the visual arts for the city of Los Angeles, California, USA...

     (LACE), Los Angeles
    Los Ángeles
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    , USA
  • 2011 ANGSANA: Southeast Asian Photographers Taking Flight, 2902 Gallery, Singapore
  • 2011 The 2010 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, The Rotunda, Exchange Square (Hong Kong)
    Exchange Square (Hong Kong)
    The Exchange Square is a building complex located in Central, Hong Kong. It houses offices and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It is served by the Central and Hong Kong stations of the MTR metro system....

    , Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
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Awards


On Nov 19, 2010, John Clang became the first photographer in Singapore to receive the Designer of the Year award at the annual President's Design Award. The President's Design Award is the most prestigious design accolade in Singapore.

He was one of the 30 finalists for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2010.
He was also one of the 3 finalists of the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu award in 2011 and had his works exhibited as part of the 2011 Month of Photography Asia
Month of Photography Asia
Month of Photography Asia is an international festival of photography organised in Singapore since 2002.The festival serves as a platform to promote photography both as an art form and as a creative industry...

in Singapore.

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