Tim Irani (B. 1989, Laguna Niguel, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Architecture from the University of San Francisco.
Viewing his artworks as a tangible representation of our current digitally augmented reality, Irani’s work captures our obsession with the potential of digital products to optimise our lived experience. He provides commentary on how quickly everything, from the newest iPhone to cat memes, becomes obsolete. In doing so, he lends a voice to the trees, the birds, and to technology itself, imagining each as its own sentient entity capable of feeling and cross-communication.
“I am both frightened and captivated by what the future holds and the internal and external effects of technological bio integration on us. My art serves as an ongoing observational catalog documenting the inherent irony of technology.” – Tim Irani, 2022
His undergraduate studies in architecture reinforced his desire to build and fostered his understanding of the fundamental mechanics of product design. He obsessively plans his works using a combination of analog and digital sketching, merging traditional painting techniques with sculpted wood elements in what he calls “structural paintings”. Irani’s creative process demands us to both question what we consider real, as well as blur the line between hand-made and manufactured good.
Tim Irani’s recent exhibitions have taken place at WAOW Gallery, Beijing; Voss Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Glass Rice, San Francisco; Mirus Gallery, San Francisco; Glass Rice, San Francisco, CA; Pt 2. Gallery, Oakland, CA.
He will have a solo exhibition at Carl Kostyál London in 2024.