Ichiro Irie

Born in Tokyo and raised in Los Angeles, Ichiro Irie is a visual artist, curator, director of the artist-run-space JAUS in Los Angeles, and founding member of the curatorial collective QiPO. Irie received his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. After completing his MFA, Irie went to Mexico City on a Fulbright fellowship, and between the years 2002 and 2007 he founded and edited the contemporary art publication RiM magazine.

As an artist, Irie has exhibited his work in galleries and museums internationally. Solo shows include DENK gallery, Los Angeles; Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City; and eitoeiko gallery, Tokyo; and Sam Francis gallery Santa Monica. Group exhibitions include The German Way of Life at Haus am Dom, Frankfurt am Main, Germany;,To Travel With Glasses at Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan; the Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands at Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; Revision Glocal Review at CECUT, Tijuana, Chockablock at UAM, Long Beach; and The Crystal Jungle at Museo del Chopo, Mexico City. As of February 2019, Irie, with fellow QiPO member Laura Reséndiz has been organizing QiPO Fair, an international art fair in Mexico City focused on artist-run initiatives. His work and curatorial activies have been published in LA Weekly, Hyperallergic, Artillery, and Los Angeles Times among others. Irie currently teaches at Oxnard College and Ryman Arts.

“Impermanence 2” 2017 , Permanent marker and white acrylic on canvas, 80 x 48 inches
“Modernman” 2017, Broken sunglass lenses on mannequin, Dimensions variable

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  1. […] Ichiro Irie is a busy working artist and curator. For the last few years, he has worked on his own works – ink drawings of junk yards as well as art that incorporates all manner of found objects. Since February of 2019, Irie and a colleague have been collaboratively organizing an artist run art fair in Mexico City. The fair will recommence in February of 2020. Irie has been organizing shows for as long as he has been an artist so this naturally progressed to curation. Today this is a large part of his work. In 2001, he went to Mexico City on a Fulbright Scholarship which led to his first professional art show. To hear more from Ichiro Irie, including the details of his backyard art gallery called Jaus, listen to the complete interview. […]