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.
Little SisterThe Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA September 6, 2022i8 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two simultaneous solo exhibitions by B. Ingrid Olson, History Mother and Little Sister, at the Carpenter...
History MotherThe Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA July 21, 2022i8 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of two simultaneous solo exhibitions by B. Ingrid Olson, History Mother and Little Sister, at the Carpenter...
B. Ingrid OlsonCast of Mind 20 Jan - 20 Dec 2023 i8 Galleryi8 Grandi is pleased to announce Cast of Mind, a year-long exhibition by B. Ingrid Olson. The artist ’ s show opens 20 January, 2023 and will be on view...
No.9 Cork StreetBIRGIR ANDRÉSSON, B. INGRID OLSON, RAGNA RÓBERTSDÓTTIR 4 - 20 Nov 2021 OtherAt Frieze No. 9 Cork Street, i8 Gallery will present an exhibition of work by three gallery artists: Birgir Andrésson, B. Ingrid Olson, and Ragna Róbertsdóttir. The exhibition opens on...
ElisionsN. DASH, K.R.M. MOONEY, B. INGRID OLSON, CARRIE YAMAOKA 9 Sep - 20 Nov 2021 i8 Galleryi8 Gallery is pleased to announce Elisions, a group show featuring the work of N. Dash, K.R.M. Mooney, B. Ingrid Olson, and Carrie Yamaoka. The exhibition will open with a...
B. INGRID OLSONFingered Eyed 6 Jun - 10 Aug 2019 i8 GalleryWhat happens at the intersections of mise-en-scène, l’esprit de l’escalier, and mise en abyme? Or better yet: what happens when an art-making practice extends beyond those tools of which we’ve...
Seeing Believing Having HoldingKelly Akashi, Kahlil Robert Irving, Michelle Lopez, B. Ingrid Olson and Daniel Rios Rodriguez 18 Aug - 27 Oct 2018 i8 GalleryKelly Akashi Kahlil Robert Irving Michelle Lopez B. Ingrid Olson Daniel Rios Rodriguez Organised by Dan Byers Seeing Believing Having Holding brings together five American artists living across the United...
B. Ingrid Olson: History MotherThe Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 21 Jul - 23 Dec 2022i8 Gallery is pleased to announce two simultaneous solo exhibitions by artist B. Ingrid Olson: History Mother and Little Sister, each on a separate floor...
B. Ingrid Olson: Little SisterThe Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 21 Jul - 23 Dec 2022i8 Gallery is pleased to announce two simultaneous solo exhibitions by artist B. Ingrid Olson: History Mother and Little Sister, each on a separate floor...
B. INGRID OLSON: Elastic XSecession, Vienna, Austria 29 Jun - 4 Sep 2022In her exhibition Elastic X, B. Ingrid Olson presents a series of new works: a sculptural installation that both responds to and inverts the gallery’s...
B. Ingrid Olson: Fata MorganaJeu De Paume, Paris, France 22 Mar - 22 May 2022The first edition of the Jeu de Paume Festival offers the public the opportunity to discover the multiple dimensions of the image in the diversity...
B. Ingrid Olson: The Inconstant WorldInstitute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA 6 Mar - 30 May 2021The Inconstant World features nine international artists whose work examines the relationship between perception and abstraction, focusing on visibility and illegibility as artistic strategies. With...
B. Ingrid Olson: Just ConnectMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 17 Jul - 8 Nov 2020The global pandemic has forced us to put intense scrutiny on the things we touch, the spaces we inhabit, and the people we come into...
B. Ingrid Olson: New VisionsHenie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway 21 Feb - 16 May 2020It is the first major international presentation of its kind in Norway and fills all three gallery spaces of the ground floor at the museum....
B. Ingrid Olson: Lost without your RhythmAspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA 18 Nov 2018 - 24 Feb 2019Taking its departure from New York’s Judson Dance Theater program and its founding members, Lost Without Your Rhythm examines diverse types of bodily movement—graceful as...
B. Ingrid Olson: Picture Fiction. Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary PhotographyMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA 28 Apr - 30 Dec 2018Images surround us daily—from art to advertising and social media. But how do these images relate to reality? Chicago-based photographer Kenneth Josephson (American, b. 1932)...
B. Ingrid Olson: Being: New PhotographyMoMA, New York, NY, USA 18 Mar - 19 Aug 2018Every two years, MoMA’s celebrated New Photography exhibition series presents urgent and compelling ideas in recent photography and photo-based art. This year’s edition, Being ,...
B. INGRID OLSON: FOREHEAD AND BRAINAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA 10 Mar - 17 Jun 2018Within the confines of her studio, B. Ingrid Olson (American, born 1987) records her body as it shifts and relates to the surroundings and the...
B. Ingrid Olson: KLEIN/OLSONThe Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 22 Apr - 18 Jun 2017For the final exhibition this season, the Renaissance Society presents the work of two artists, Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson. Side by side, works...
b. 1987 in Denver, USA
Lives and works in Chicago
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
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
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
RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
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
LECTURES AND RECORDINGS
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
Monographs, Publications and Exhibition Catalogs
Blackley, Andrew, Dan Byers, Renee Gladman, Gordon Hall, B. Ingrid Olson and Leah Pires. B. Ingrid Olson: History Mother Little Sister. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 2022. Monograph.
Olson, B. Ingrid and Rosmarie Waldrop. 323 / 2021. Vienna, Austria: Secession, 2022. Artist Book.
Bock, Katinka, Béatrice Gross and Clara Schulmann. Fata Morgana. Paris, France: Manuella Editions, 2022: 8; 35; 44-49; 252-54; 277; 281. 2020
Østby Sæther, Susanne, and Brian Sholis. Why Photography? (Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi, Susanne Østby Sæther and Christian Tunge, Eds.) Milan: Skira, 2020: 23; 66-73.
Olson, B. Ingrid. B. INGRID. (Christoph Meier, Ute Müller, Nick Oberthaler, Eds.) Vienna, Austria: Black Pages, 2020. Artist Book.
Zambreno, Kate. 'Appendix C: Translations of the Uncanny', Appendix Project: Talks and Exhibits. South Pasadena, California: Semiotext(e), 2019: cover; 51-64.
Zambreno, Kate. 'Introductions to B. Ingrid Olson', Screen Tests. New York: Harper Perennial, 2019: 75-83.
Hughes, Holly and Kate Zambreno. B. Ingrid Olson: Forehead and Brain. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox ArtGallery, 2018. Exhibition catalog.
Carsten, Jesse, and B. Ingrid Olson. Salt. New York: Hassla, 2016. Artist Book.
Selected Reviews and Texts
Neuhold, Margit. "Meanings in Abeyance". Camera Austria International, no. 159: 79-80.
Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer. "Spiele elastischer Raumkörper". WeinerZeitung.at, July 26. 2020
Strand, Nina. "Et ønske om materialitet". NyTid.no, February 15. 2019
Birgisdóttir, Ragnheiður. "Samspil sjónar og snertingar". Morgunblaðið, June 6: 65.
Bonilla-Edgington, Jennifer Rose. "Personal Private Public." The Brooklyn Rail, October.
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): 50-53.
Bell, Natalie. "First Look: B. Ingrid Olson." Art in America, (April): 25.
Kate Zambreno. "Introductions by Kate Zambreno" BOMB-magazine.org, April 26.
Spalding, Jill. "Being: New Photography 2018." Review. StudioInternational.com, April 7.
Greenberger, Alex. "The Browser: MoMA's Gripping 'New Photography' Goes Behind the Lens." ArtNews.com, March 22.
Indrisek, Scott. "At MoMA, Photography Doesn't Have to Reinvent Itself to Be Radical." Artsy.com, March 20.
Cluggish, Sara. "Critic's Guide: Chicago." Review. Frieze.com, September 13.
Indrisek, Scott. "18 Artists Share the Books That Inspire Them." Artsy.net, June 23.
Cramerotti, Alfredo. "Astrid Klein & B. Ingrid Olson." Interview. The Seen, no. 4, (May): 36-43.
McDonough, Tom. "B. Ingrid Olson." Osmos, Number 8 (Spring): 10-17.
Blalock, Lucas. "Push-Back: A Conversation Between B. Ingrid Olson and Lucas Blalock." Interview. Objektiv, no. 12 (November): 8-26.
Aletti, Vince. "Goings on About Town: B. Ingrid Olson." Review. The New Yorker, February 16.
Blalock, Lucas. "Double-Ended Arrow- Review of B. Ingrid Olson." Review. Objektiv.no, March 3.
Gopnik, Blake. "B. Ingrid Olson: Bringing Cézanne up to Date." Review. Artnet.com, January 20.
Lee, Nathaniel. "B. Ingrid Olson." Review. Modern Painters (April). 2014
Foumberg, Jason. "B. Ingrid Olson at Document." Review. Modern Painters, April. 2013
Blackley, Andrew. "Lab: The Tenth Image." Cura. Magazine (Fall): 124-133.
Published Talks, Interviews and Panels
Artist Talk: B. Ingrid Olson in conversation with Leah Pires and Dan ByersA, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge.
"No. 566: B. Ingrid Olson, Reinventing the Américas." Modern Art Notes Podcast.
The Inconstant World: Liz Deschenes, David Horvitz and B. Ingrid Olson in conversation with Jamillah James, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Art Matters: Heidi Zuckerman in conversation with B. Ingrid Olson, Aspen Art Museum.
"No. 347: Thomas Scheibitz, B. Ingrid Olson." Modern Art Notes Podcast.
Outspoken: B. Ingrid Olson's Forehead and Brain, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. 2017
Artists Talk: Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson in conversation with Solveig Øvstebø, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago.
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