James Clar: Pixelated Serenity


‘Pixelated Serenity’ turns the Virgin de Guadalupe Cathedral into a light-filled, spaceless environment. The installation plays upon the metaphysical and spiritual aspects of a church, allowing viewers to walk towards the bright white light. However, as they approach the front, the light separates into distinct color ‘pixels’ hinting upon the notion of our reality as a digital simulation. Visitors are encouraged to take their time in the installation. They can relax, find a seat, and watch people walk past them while staring into the void of light.

To see at
Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Section within the
Dallas Arts District

James Clar is an artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.


In today’s media-saturated and technologically integrated world, the separation between real and computer generated is increasingly blurred. His work uses controlled, artificial light as a sculptural medium with a computer-minimalist aesthetic. However, his subject matter offsets these data-driven techniques by dealing with (and in a way ‘digitizing’) the natural phenomena, human emotions, or socio-political environment we live in.

Photos: Copyright Scogin Mayo

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