B. INGRID OLSON
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.
Umbra (Back of Head 01), 2021
Umbra (Collar with Sleeves 02), 2021
Umbra (Pants 17), 2021
Umbra (Torso Holes 05), 2021
Column and Rift, body draft, 2019
Denuded Seat, 2019
Eye, Camera, Body, Room, (Vertical), 2019
Peeled rind, amended appendage, 2019
Vest (Muscular Alternative), 2019
Being: New Photography 2018, 2018
Body Parsed, Three Rooms, 2018
Forehead and Brain, 2018
Forehead and Brain, 2018
Kiss the architect on the mouth, 2018
Lost Without Your Rhythm , 2018
Note (Kiss the architect on the mouth and paint a black stripe laterally across her forehead), 2018
Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, 2018
Pulled Curtain, Turning Torso, 2018
Small of Back, velvet lay fold, 2018
Splayed Corner, endless room, 2018
Equant and Run, with cartilage, 2017-2020
Endless House, plastic drawing, 2017
Future Body, plastic drawing, 2017
Vertical Column Whet Girdle, 2017
Whet Grin Waning Crown, 2017
FRIEZE CORK STREET: BIRGIR ANDRÉSSON, B. INGRID OLSON, RAGNA RÓBERTSDÓTTIR4 - 20 Nov 2021At Frieze 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 November 4,...
ElisionsN. DASH, K.R.M. MOONEY, B. INGRID OLSON, CARRIE YAMAOKA 9 Sep - 20 Nov 2021i8 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
Seeing Believing Having HoldingA late summer show of five American artists 18 Aug - 27 Oct 2018Kelly 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...
DEPENDENT OBJECTSMCA, Chicago 6 Mar - 1 Aug 2021Dependent Objects highlights the connections between individual works of sculpture and surrounding bodies and spaces, revealing that the contexts surrounding these works are as significant...
B. INGRID OLSON: FOREHEAD AND BRAINAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo 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. 1987 in Denver, USA
Lives and works in Chicago
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
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)
Fingered Eye, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík
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
KLEIN/OLSON, with Astrid Klein, The Renaissance Society at the University of
double-ended arrow, Simone Subal Gallery, New York 2014
The vases my monitors their frames, cura.basement, Rome
From her come a gang and a run, Document, Chicago
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
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
Personal Private Public, Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street, New York
Emerge Selections 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois, USA
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
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
Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York
Natures Department, Kodomo, New York
Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
Background/Foreground, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
Civilization and Its Discontents, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago
Synecdoche, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Dreams That Money Can’t Buy, MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Fragments of an unknowable whole, Ohio State University, Columbus
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
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
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. 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
Artist Talk with Astrid Klein and Solveig Øvstebø, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
Publications and Artist Books
Østby Sæther, Susanne, and Brian Sholis. Why Photography? (Bjarne Bare, Behzad Farazollahi, Susanne Østby Sæther and Christian Tunge, Eds.) Milan: Skira, 2020.
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.
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,
Zambreno, Kate. “Introductions by Kate Zambreno” BOMB-magazine.org, April 26, 2017.
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.
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).