While technology is being blamed for dumbing down the human race, it has also bridged the gap between long distance families — somewhat. Only a decade ago families were forced to correspond via expensive overseas phone calls or letters. Now, with the benefits of technological innovations, families can easily call one another or see one another via video chat. Nonetheless, the connection is still not same.
Artist John Clang knows of this experience all too well. In fact, it was his experience with his own parents that inspired his series titled Being Together. Moving from Singapore to New York in 1999, Clang had to leave his parents behind. At first dealing with the pesky task of monitoring the frequency of his calls back home, Clang’s correspondence with his parents became easier as technology became better. Being Together embodies that change and acknowledges the ever present shortcomings.