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 Japanese National Tourism Organization; translation work for assorted creative studios in Tokyo; and curatorial projects for Maine College of Art and Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Renna also lived in Atlanta, Georgia during her formative years. She received her BA in Art History at Barnard College in New York, where she wrote her thesis on the Gutai Art Association. During and after college, she interned at Printed Matter, Christie's, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
After returning to her homeland in 2002, she worked 8 years at Wako Works of Art and 3 years at Blum & Poe's Tokyo outpost. Today, as a freelancer, she writes, translates, interprets in the art field, in addition to giving guided tours of the city and collaborating with Ian on Corinthian activities. She is also currently working on mapping out the history and genealogy of contemporary art galleries in Tokyo.
Ian Lynam runs a Tokyo design studio operating at the intersection of graphic design, design education and design research. He is faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. Ian is also faculty at Temple University Japan and Meme Design School. 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.
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