B. Ingrid Olson (b. 1987 in Denver, USA) implements elements of photography, sculpture, and performance in an ongoing exploration of the boundaries between body and space. Within the confines of her studio, she records her body as it moves — shifting in relationship to its surroundings. The results of this process are multidimensional objects and images that re-imagine the capacities of the body and the structuring of space.


In her photographic works, fragmented views of Olson’s body oscillate between a pictured subject and a subjective perspective, creating tensions between interior, direct experience and exterior, mirrored existence, and giving the artist full control over what the viewer is allowed to see — or not. Olson draws the viewer in, but only to a point. Images of splayed legs, torsos, bent knees, partial postures, and gestures are cropped by point of view, camera, and the physical framing of the printed photographs. The images are further complicated by flash, shadows, blurring, mirror reflections, and disjointed borders. The layered visual interruptions and camouflaged elements thwart attempts to find coherence in a single visual plane or continuous meaning, disorienting the viewer’s perception of both.


Fracture and camouflage are also at play in Olson’s relief sculptures. Rigid, rectilinear edges give way to soft, curved concavities at the center. Each segment suggests a specific somatic referent, but the machine-carved forms refuse to accommodate an organic reality. The minimal, sexless forms — evoking face, midriff, small of the back, thighs, shins, or toes — are hung at specific heights along the wall, matching to corresponding parts of a standing, erect body. At the same time, the combination of curvatures and protrusions over each sculpture's surface reacts to situational light and shadow, creating a shifting image of an absent body. The reliefs’structure and relationship to the surrounding architecture, in effect, heightens and questions the viewer’s sense of their own anatomy and physical presence in the world.

Public Exhibitions

b. 1987 in Denver, USA

Lives and works in Chicago





History Mother, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Little Sister, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Elastic X, Secession, Vienna, Austria



Fingered Eyed, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík



Forehead and Brain, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA

Kiss the architect on the mouth, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, USA

B. Ingrid Olson and Robert Overby, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA



KLEIN/OLSON, with Astrid Klein, The Renaissance Society at the University of 

Chicago, Chicago, USA



double-ended arrow, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, USA

The vases my monitors their frames, cura.basement, Rome, Italy



From her come a gang and a run, Document, Chicago





Fata Morgana, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

BLACK PAGES 1-100, Franz Josefs Kai 3, Vienna, Austria



Birgir Andrésson, B. Ingrid Olson, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, i8 Gallery at No.9 Cork Street, London, UK

Elisions. N. Dash, K.R.M. Mooney, B. Ingrid Olson, Carrie Yamaoka, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík

This Is My Bodys, Bodega, New York, USA

re: collections, The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts, USA

Someone said that the world's a stage, Grimm Gallery, New York, USA

Dependent Objects, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

The Inconstant World, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

Rabbit Hole, F, Houston, Texas, USA



Just Connect, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Four Flags, Chicago Manual Style, Chicago, USA
Four Flags, Netwerk Aalst, Aalst, Belgium
Finding Our Way, Lumber Room, Portland, USA
Cabin [4.3.2020 - 4.4.2020], Sweetwater, Berlin, Germany
New Visions: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, 

Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway



Personal Private Public, Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street, New York, USA

Emerge Selections 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA



Lost Without Your Rhythm, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA

Seeing Believing Having Holding, organized by Dan Byers, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík 

Being: New Photography 2018, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA



Small Sculpture, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, USA

Fond Illusions, Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA

Women to the Front, Lumber Room, Portland, USA

The problem with having a body is that it always needs to be somewhere,

The Approach, London, UK



Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York, USA

Natures Department, Kodomo, New York, USA

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, USA

Terms of Use, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, USA

Background/Foreground, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden



Civilization and Its Discontents, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA

Synecdoche, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA



Dreams That Money Can’t Buy, MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

Fragments of an unknowable whole, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA



We seem to still be moving, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, USA





Surf Point Foundation Residency, York, Maine, 2021

Print Catalyst Program, Yale School of Art, 2019

Artist Residency, Latitude Chicago, 2017 

Fall Artist Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art, 2016 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grant, 2012 

Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2011 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Grant, 2011 

Summer Residency, Spudnik Press, 2011 

Fred A. Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010 

Edward Ryerson Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010 

Daniels Scholar, The Daniels Fund, 2006 - 2010 




The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, Illinois

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angles, California

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut






The Inconstant World: Liz Deschenes, David Horvitz and B. Ingrid Olson in conversation with Jamillah James, Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles



Visiting Artist Lecture, School of Art and Art History, University of South Florida



Olson, B. Ingrid, and Heidi Zuckerman. “Art Matters: Heidi Zuckerman in conversation with B. Ingrid Olson.” Aspen Art Museum

Modern Art Notes Podcast, interview with Tyler Green, June 28, 2018

Voices in Contemporary Art: B. Ingrid Olson in Conversation with Holly E. Hughes, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Conversation with Michael Darling, Terra Foundation for American Art: Art and Design Chicago, recorded at the Chicago Athletic Association

Visiting Artist Lecture, Print Media Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Artist Talk with Astrid Klein and Solveig Øvstebø, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago 




Publications and Artist Books 

Olson, B. Ingrid. B. INGRID. (Christoph Meier, Ute Müller, Nick Oberthaler, Eds.) Vienna, Austria: Black Pages, 2020
Østby Sæther, Susanne, and Brian Sholis. Why Photography? (Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi, Susanne Østby Sæther and Christian Tunge, Eds.) Milan: Skira, 2020
Zambreno, Kate. 'Introductions to B. Ingrid Olson', Screen Tests. New York: Harper Perennial, 2019: 75-83

B. Ingrid Olson: Forehead and Brain. Exhibition catalogue. Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2018

Carsten, Jesse, and B. Ingrid Olson. Salt. New York: Hassla, 2016

Zambreno, Kate. Appendix Project: Talks and Exhibits. South Pasadena, California: Semiotext(e), 2019



Strand, Nina. “Et ønske om materialitet [A desire for materiality]”. NyTid.no, February 15, 2020
Andrews, Daría Sól. “A Mirrored Detritus and the Camouflaged Body: B. Ingrid Olson at i8 Gallery.” artzine.is, July 16, 2019
Birgisdóttir, Ragnheiður. “Samspil sjónar og snertingar [Interplay of sight and touch]”. Morgunblaðið, June 6, 2019: 65
Bonilla-Edgington, Jennifer Rose. “Personal Private Public.” The Brooklyn Rail, October 2019
Jordan, Patti. “Hauser & Wirth Gets Intimate with Personal Private Public.” artefuse.com, October 23, 2019
Morris, Matt. “Exhibition Imaginaries and the Expanded Senses No. 7.” fragrantica.com, September 4, 2019

Aletti, Vince. “Goings on About Town: B. Ingrid Olson.” Review. The New Yorker, February 16, 2015

Bell, Natalie. “First Look: B. Ingrid Olson.” Art in America, (April 2018): 25

Blackley, Andrew. “Lab: The Tenth Image.” Cura. Magazine (Fall 2013): 124-133

Blakey, Kiera. “The problem with having a body / is that it always needs to be somewhere.” Review. ArtworksLondon.com, (May 2017)

Blalock, Lucas. “Double-Ended Arrow- Review of B. Ingrid Olson.” Review. Objektiv.no, March 3, 2015

Blalock, Lucas. “Push-Back: A Conversation Between B. Ingrid Olson and Lucas Blalock.” Interview. Objektiv,no. 12 (November 2015): 8-26

Cluggish, Sara. “Critic’s Guide: Chicago.” Review. Frieze.com, September 13, 2017

Cramerotti, Alfredo. “Astrid Klein & B. Ingrid Olson.” Interview. The Seen, no. 4, (May 2017): 36-43

Fidler, Luke A. “Two for One: Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson at the Renaissance Society.” Review. Art.NewCity.com, June 9, 2017

Foumberg, Jason. “B. Ingrid Olson at Document.” Review.Modern Painters (April 2014)

Fulton, Lauren and B. Ingrid Olson. “Flip the Medium: A conversation between artist B. Ingrid Olson and curator Lauren Fulton.” Interview. Objektiv, no. 18 (November 2018): 50-53

Gopnik, Blake. “B. Ingrid Olson: Bringing Cézanne up to Date.” Review. Artnet.com, January 20, 2015

Greenberger, Alex. “The Browser: MoMA’s Gripping ‘New Photography’ Goes Behind the Lens.” ArtNews.com, March 22, 2018

Groen, Adriënne. “Frieze London 2015.” Review. MetropolisM.com, October 17, 2015. Halle, Howard. “Check out these eight things to see at MoMA’s “NewPhotography” exhibit.” TimeOut.com/NewYork, March 16, 2018

Indrisek, Scott. “18 Artists Share the Books That Inspire Them.” Artsy.net, June 23, 2017. 

Indrisek, Scott. “At MoMA, Photography Doesn’t Have to Reinvent Itself to Be Radical.” Artsy.com, March 20, 2018

Ingólfsson, Einar Falur, “Viðkvæm en þó með bit Morgunbladid.” Morgunblaðið, August 23, 2018: 62

Kyzer, Larissa. “You Have To Confirm It With Your Own Hands: Seeing Believing Having Holding Debuts At i8”Review. Grapevine.is, August 24, 2018

Lee, Nathaniel. “B. Ingrid Olson.” Review. Modern Painters (April 2015)

McDonough, Tom. “B. Ingrid Olson.” Osmos, Number 8 (Spring 2016): 10-17

Metzger, Hana. “Synecdoche at Jessica Silverman Gallery.” Review. DailyServing.com, July 19, 2015

Russeth, Andrew. “May: A Roving Restaurant, Frieze New York, A$AP Rock Alights, the School in Kinderhook.” ArtNews.com, September 13, 2018

“Photography on Display.” Review. London Financial Times, October 9, 2015

Spalding, Jill. “Being: New Photography 2018.” Review. StudioInternational.com, April 7, 2018

Stolfi, Carmen. “Interview/ B. Ingrid Olson.” Interview. WheresArt.eu, October 2014

Stubbs, Phoebe. “The Feminist Artists Taking Over Frieze.” Review. Broadly.Vice.com, October 18, 2015

Zambreno, Kate. “Introductions by Kate Zambreno” BOMB-magazine.org, April 26, 2017


Exhibition Texts

Blackley, Andrew. Fingered Eyed. i8 Gallery, Reykjavík. June 6 - August 10, 2019

Akel, Joseph. “Signs and Wonders.” Synecdoche. Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. July 1 - August 22, 2015

Berardini, Andrew, Cecilia Canziani, and Quinn Latimer.The vases my monitors their frames. cura.basement, Rome. September 19 - October 14, 2013

Fulton, Lauren. “Sizing Up The Situation.” Lost Without Your Rhythm. Aspen Art Museum. November 16, 2018 - February 24, 2019

Hughes, Holly. “Thinking Space.” Forehead and Brain. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. March 10 - June 17, 2018

Øvstebø, Solveig. KLEIN/OLSON. The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. April 22 - June 18, 2017

Roach, Thomas. From her come a gang and a run. Document Gallery, Chicago. December 14, 2013 - January 25, 2014

Smith, Timothy. Fragments of an Unknowable Whole. Ohio State University. May 17 - July 5, 2014

Zambreno, Kate. “Introduction.” Forehead and Brain. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. March 10 - June 17, 2018

Zambreno, Kate. “Translations of the Uncanny: Talk given at the Renaissance Society in Chicago for B. Ingrid Olson and Astrid Klein exhibition (Appendix C).” KLEIN/OLSON, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. April 22 - June 18, 2017


Texts Written 

Olson, B. Ingrid. “Isabelle Frances McGuire ‘I’m a Cliche’ at Prairie.” ChicagoArtistWriters.com,February 26, 2018

Olson, B. Ingrid. “B. Ingrid Olson on Martine Syms.” Art in America, (August 2018)

Art Fairs