John Clang with Bynd Artisan Capsule Collection, 2015
As a conceptual photographer who captures the nuances of life through his lenses, Clang aims to awaken urban dwellers from the complacencies of today’s transitory world with a reminder about living with meaning.
Designed primarily in taupe leather, the grey undertone of the material illustrates the grey areas of life – the unexplainable and the realms for creativity. No logos have been debossed and this subtly illustrates an empty canvas for imagination to take flight.
By focusing on objects that Clang uses in his daily life, he redesigned them to infuse an element of surprise. For instance, the depression on the cover of the Coffee Cup Journal doubles up as a coaster on a crowded work table.
The other notebook in the collection, The Pencil Journal, serves as a trustworthy tool for anyone on their journey of introspection and self-discovery. Complemented with his favourite Palamino Blackwing 602 pencil which features a firm and smooth graphite core with a leather cover, this handy notebook is perfect for writers and everyday users.
About John Clang
John Clang is an artist working in photography and film. His photographs examine and raise questions of the world he lives in, providing not pictorial documentation but an intimate mental reflection of one man’s mind. Clang’s first exhibition, in 1993, was a duo- show at the controversial (now defunct) Singapore art group 5th Passage Artists. He has since participated in numerous solo & group exhibitions internationally.
His works have entered the permanent collections of Singapore Art Museum and National Museum of Singapore. In 2010, he became the first photographer to garner the Designer of the Year award at the President's Design Award, one of the nation's most prestigious design accolade in Singapore. In 2013, a showcase of over 90 works by Clang was exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore.
In 2015, Clang earned his Master of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2017, he made his first foray into film with Their Remaining Journey, which premiered at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and garnered a nomination for the festival's Bright Future Award. It’s also the opening film for National Gallery Singapore’s Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art. In 2020, he returned to the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) with his second feature, A Love Unknown.
Clang lives and works in New York and Singapore.