Ian James


MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

BA, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH




Seven of Cups, Queens, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming)

The Magic Hour #5, The Magic Hour, 29 Palms, CA

In the many valleys, the sun, was the eye of god (w/ Patricia Fernández), Forest Island Project, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Wasting Time in the Tomb World, El Classificado, Los Angeles, CA


Death Show, curated by Don Edler, Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA

Take Care, curated by Ceci Moss, Gas, Los Angeles, CA


Preservation, curated by Aurora Tang, UNLV Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

I Was Meant to Love You, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Four Person Summer Group Show w/ Laeh Glenn, Phil Chang, John Houck & Ian James, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

To See the Moon Fall from the Sky, Spring/Break, curated by Will Hutnick & Mark Epstein, New York 

Mystic Hyperstitians in the Heart of the Empire, curated by Joey Cannizaro, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN

Chateau Antonym, curated by Carter Mull, Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA 



Time and the Technosphere (solo), Vacancy, Los Angeles, CA

Mushroom & Honey, Eitherway LA & metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA 

Number Six, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

NADA NYC, ltd los angeles, New York, NY

Higher-Self Rendezvous (solo), metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA

Rune Saloon, Ian James & Matt Siegle, Holiday Forever, Jackson, WY

Infinite Regress, Ian James & Katie Shapiro, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Together/Alone, Embassy LA, Los Angeles, CA



Hotel Theory, curated by Sohrab Mohebbi & Ruth Estevéz, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

In the Caverns of Your Mind (solo), Self Actualization Gallery, Houston, TX

NEWD, curated by Kibum Kim, NEWD Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY

Shangrila, curated by Michelle Chong, Joshua Tree, CA



Healing Light Comfort Zone, KCHUNG TV, Made in LA 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Mondays et al, curated by Keith Varadi, Chin’s Push, Los Angeles, CA

Deviled Eggs, curated by Jeff McLane, Photo LA, Los Angeles, CA



An Extended Mantra for Magic Chef, performance, House of Moomaw, Los Angeles, CA



A Romantic Measure, organized by Calvin Lee, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Knowledges, performance, Mt. Wilson Observatory, Angeles National Forest, CA

The Black Box, performance, Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Opening Reception, performance with Matt Siegle, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

The Blue Shanty, organized by Matt Siegle, performance, Los Angeles, CA

Gibson’s Neuromancer performed by Sneaky Snake, The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA

Tonalism, performance, El Cosmico, Marfa, TX



The Palms II, Three New Works, Los Angeles, CA

The Palms I, Los Angeles Road Concert, Los Angeles, CA

US EST, Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

This Old House, Alpine House, San Diego, CA

The Collective Show, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA



Predator II, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Feeling Feelings, organized by Meghann McCrory & Ali Prosch,

Compact/Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Writing is on the Wall, Los Angeles Road Concert, Los Angeles, CA

Between the Surface, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Why Theory, CalArts MFA Graduate Exhibition, Spring Arts Tower & REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA

Line Drawing (as of March 2, 2009)~(thesis exhibition), CalArts, Valencia, CA



Fractal Topography (solo), CalArts, Valencia, CA Desiring Images, CalArts, Valencia, CA

Reflection, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA


Subject to the Wall, Deborah Page Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

What We Do is Secret (two-person show), ROY Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

If You Lived Here, Compact/Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



In many valleys, the sun, was the eye of god – in collaboration w/ Patricia Fernández, Colpa Press


A Catalog of Existing Photography – artist book, Invisible Solid Publishing Corp


The Void that Binds: Moving Mass through Space and Time – Prism of Reality Issue no. 2

Industrial Color/Light Test – artist book, Golden Spike Press



Ecoshamanism, curator, Leroy's, Los Angeles, CA

Leroy's, an experimental social space, Los Angeles, CA



On Dockweiler Beach, Ana & Ina, cassette tape, edition of 300, Constellation Tatsu


metro pcs, An Artist Project Space co-founded with Matt Siegle, Los Angeles, CA


Industrial Color/Light Test, Audiobook, The Monthly, Los Angeles, CA


Eternal Om, curator, metro pcs, Los Angeles, CA

Industrial Color/Light Test, Golden Spike Press, Risograph book, edition of 150


Analogue, Ana & Ina, cassette tape, edition of 300, Complicated Dance Steps




Azizi, Arshy, "take care," Artforum, July

Wells, Emily, "Curator Ceci Moss on 'Take Care' at Gas Gallery," ArtilleryMagazine.com, June 16


Baude, Dawn-Michelle, "Barrick Museum's 'Preservation' Mounts a Stunning Visual Defense Against Loss,"

Las Vegas Weekly, Oct. 9

Cling, Carol, "UNLV's Barrick Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary...," Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oct 5.

"Preservation at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art," Las Vegas Sun, Oct. 4.

Moon Reed, C. "Trust Us....," Las Vegas Weekly, Oct. 5-11

Preston Zappas, Lindsay, "Ian James, Vacancy Los Angeles," Flash Art, March/April.

Chilewicz, Patryk, "On the Moonrise...Art Museum," Fashion Post (Poland), March 1.

Graziosi, Fabiola, "A Museum on the Moon," NSSmag.com, March.

Weiss, Alexandra, "Don't Worry, There's an Art Museum Coming to the Moon," Bullet Magazine, Feb 28.



LA-based Artists Ian James & Matt Siegle, co-founders of metro pcs, Seeing is Forgetting with Jason Bailer Losh, July 22.

Wagley, Catherine, “Five shows in LA you should see this week,” LA Weekly, Dec 28.

Elizalde, Molly, "10 Artists to Watch from the NADA Art Fair," s-w-e-e-t.com, May 11.

Johnson, Paddy, “We Went to NADA: No Spider Bites Yet,” ARTFCITY, May 6.

Wagley, Catherine, “Ian James Higher-Self Rendezvous,” LA Weekly, Apr. 6.


Davenport, Bill, “In The Caverns of Your Mind: Ian James at Self Actualization”, Glasstire, Jan 14.


LA Review of Books, Fall Quarterly Edition

Kado, Steve, “Eternal Om”, Artforum, June

Wagley, Catherine, "Eternal Om," LA Weekly, April 17

Cheh, Carol, "9 New Alternative Art Spaces to Check Out Right Now," LA Weekly, March 6 




Residency – SÍM, Reykjavik, Iceland

Faculty Development Grant, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA


Residency – The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY


Faculty Development Grant, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA



YoYoYo Grant, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Los Angeles, CA




San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA - exhibition walkthrough


Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 


Antioch College, Los Angeles, CA

Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Art, Art Center College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

Adjunct Faculty, Visual Arts & Media Studies, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA