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Address: 11851 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles, 90025
Contact: Ichiro Irie
Email: info@jausart.com
Website: www.jausart.com
Phone: 424.248.0781
Open Hours: by appointment


How is the project operated?
JAUS is run as an artist-run space.

How long has it been in existence?
Since September 11, 2009.

What was your motivation?
Directors, Ichiro Irie and Chris Tallon have been organizing artist run projects for over 10 years.
JAUS is an extension of these activities.

Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
4 people.  Ichiro Irie: Owner/Director, Chris Tallon: Director, Aska Irie: Co-Owner, Mike F. Connolly: Marketing Director.
How are programs funded?
For the most part it is self funded, but for international exhibitions and out of town shows, we work closely with curators to procure funding.
Who is responsible for the programming?
All but one exhibition have been group exhbitions.  On average, of the 6 exhibitions, 2 per year are organized in-house, and 4 are organized by invited curators.
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
6 exhibitions per year.  Usually 6 weeks.
What kind of events are usually organized?
Local and International group exhibitions.
How is your programming determined?
By Ichiro Irie.

Do you accept proposals/submissions?

What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
There is no predetermined approach, but there is a preference for integrating emerging and more established artists in the context of a single group exhibition, showcasing both traditional genres (painting/drawing sculpture) and newer media, and featuring artists without gallery representation in Los Angeles.
What’s working? What’s not working?
I think we have been successful in establishing somewhat of a name for ourselves among the growing number of artist-run projects in Los Angeles.  There has been a good number of artists and curators, some of them quite established who have worked with us or are interested in working with us.

Although overall press has been decent, It has been difficult to receive the kind of critical review of our exhibitions in the major publications and/or from the more recognized art writers.

Most of our patrons are fellow artists and curators.  It would be nice to generate a wider base of critics, dealers and collectors to visit our space on a regular basis.

It is much more difficult to get people to come to the international exhibitions.  Working on this.

What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
A moderately significant one.  Difficult to answer.  I hope artists, curators, and visitors can use JAUS as a point of nexus and departure for other projects and collaborations.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
The 6 exhibitions in 2013 will be all based around a color or grouping of colors.  These colors will set the tone not just formally, but also conceptually in terms of the emotions and ideas these colors evoke.

In 2014, I would like to begin doing more solo and 2 person exhibitions, and I would like to have a curator organize a show about Iran, Iranian artists, Iranian / Iranian Artists living in L.A., or artists from the Middle East.  As a cultural promotor in the United States, it is important for me to shed light on cultural production of under-represented communities.  The Middle East, in particular Iran, has not necessisarily been under-represented, but has definitely been negatively represented in the media and the news.

I realize the pitfalls of shows organized around race/nationality/ethnicity/gender etc. As a Japanese-American artist, I had for years avoided shows about Japanese-Americans.  Now I’ve been in enough exhibitions with a variety of thematics, that I’ve lost the fear of being marginalized as I did earlier in my artistic career. I hope JAUS is a small enough space with a diverse enough program, that enables us to somehow transcend these pitfalls by doing focused shows that do not pretend to be encyclopedic, and deconstructs and contradicts stereotypes instead of reinforcing them. Perhaps, this is why past projects have featured of Philippine-American artists, Mexican artists, Japanese artists, French artists, German artists, Australian artists, and 4 exhibitions featuring exclusively women. As a gestalt, I would like to think the totality of JAUS as one big project that helps dissolve borders instead of fortifying them.



Images courtesy of JAUS.

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