Overview

B. Ingrid Olson 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.

Works
Exhibitions
Events
Biography

b. 1987 in Denver, USA

Lives and works in Chicago

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

 

2022             

History Mother, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge (forthcoming)
Little Sister, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge (forthcoming)  

 

2019                

Fingered Eye, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík 

 

2018                 

Forehead and Brain, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 

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

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

 

2017                 

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

Chicago, Chicago 

 

2015                 

double-ended arrow, Simone Subal Gallery, New York 2014 

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

 

2013                 

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

2021

This Is My Bodys, Bodega, New York 

re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum, The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

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

Dependent Objects, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

The Inconstant World, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Rabbit Hole, F, Houston, Texas

 

2020             

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

 

2019 

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

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

 

2018                

Lost Without Your Rhythm, Aspen Art Museum 

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

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

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

 

2017                 

Small Sculpture, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago 

Fond Illusions, Galerie Perrotin, New York 

Women to the Front, Lumber Room, Portland 

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

 

2016                 

Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York 

Natures Department, Kodomo, New York 

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago 

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

Background/Foreground, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm 

 

2015                 

Civilization and Its Discontents, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago 

Synecdoche, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco 

 

2014                 

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

Fragments of an unknowable whole, Ohio State University, Columbus 

 

2013                 

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

 

 

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 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

The Museum of Modern Art, New York 

The Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

 

 

 

LECTURES AND RECORDINGS 

 

2021

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

 

2019                

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

 

2018

Olson, B. Ingrid, and Heidi Zuckerman. “Art Matters: Heidi Zuckerman in conversation with B. Ingrid Olson.”Aspen Art Museum. Video, November 2018.                  

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-KnoxArt Gallery, Buffalo 

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

 

2017                 

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

Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

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 catalog. 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. 

 

Periodicals 

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). 

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