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Jane Lombard Gallery opens a window installation by James Clar
”Press Reset” (2020) Non-looping Generative Simulation Software. James Clar with programmers Casey Conchina and Louise Lessel, based on shader algorithms by Duke.

NEW YORK, NY.- Jane Lombard Gallery is presenting Press Reset, an installation by James Clar that is being presented in the ground floor window at the gallery’s new location at 58 White St. Press Reset is the gallery’s first presentation in their new space, a “soft opening” installed as a way to distantly engage with viewers ahead of their official exhibition opening in October 2020. Press Reset is open to the passing public September 16 - October 12, 2020.

For Press Reset, Clar employs generative software developed in collaboration with programmers Casey Conchinha and Louise Lessel that visually simulates cosmic supernovas: powerful, energetic and luminous stellar explosions, erupting on a large monitor that fills the main gallery window. The software constantly generates new explosions, so no two will ever be the same. These astronomical events mark the end of the life of a sun, and in turn, scatters material through the galaxy, creating the potential for new solar systems, and in the case of our Earth, new life. With Press Reset, viewers will be able to travel through space, watching supernovas spawn potential worlds and alternate realities.

James Clar’s work is an analysis and observation on the effects of media and technology on our perception of culture, nationality, and identity. His interest is in new technology and production processes, using them as a medium, while analyzing and critiquing their modifying effects on human behavior. He lives and works in New York, NY. Clar received his BA in film and 3D animation and his MA in Media Art, the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) from the Tisch School, New York University. His work has been exhibited at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ; Pera Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; Can Framis Museum, Barcelona; Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; Parasol unit, London, UK; The New Museum, New York, NY; Somerset House, London, UK; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem and Shadai Gallery at Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo, Japan. Clar has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam Atelier in New York, NY; Fabrica, Treviso, Italy, and the FedEx Institute of Technology/Lantana Projects, Memphis, TN.

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