Corinthians is a Tokyo-based practice operating at the intersection of art, design, curation, editorial, and research. Partners Renna Okubo and Ian Lynam work globally with a variety of publications, galleries, institutions, and businesses.
Recent projects include qualitative analysis research initiatives for Adobe, editorial direction for magazines like Slanted (DE) and IDEA (JP), printed and digital publications for the Japan National Tourism Organization; translation work for assorted museums and businesses in Tokyo; and curatorial projects for American, European, and Asian museums.
Renna Okubo was born and raised in Tokyo. She received her B.A. in Art History at Barnard College, where she wrote her senior thesis on the Gutai Art Association. Through interning at a non profit-organization, an auction house, and museums in New York and working at commercial galleries in Tokyo, she has been exposed to various facets and inner workings of the art world.
Today, in addition to working with Ian, she writes and translates exclusively for artists, designers, museums, and galleries; she is also an art guide for the bespoke travel agency People Make Places and an archivist at Yutaka Sone Studio.
Ian Lynam runs a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. In addition to working with Renna, he is faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. Ian is also faculty at Temple University Japan and visiting critic at CalArts. Ian writes for Idea Magazine (Japan) and Slanted Magazine (Germany). He is a co-founder of the critical cultural online journal Néojaponisme.
Originally hailing from New York, Lynam has a BS in Graphic Design from Portland State University and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.