Overview

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.

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Works
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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, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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

Elastic X, Secession, Vienna, Austria

 

2019                

Fingered Eyed, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík

 

2018                 

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

 

2017                 

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

Chicago, Chicago, USA

 

2015                 

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

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

 

2013                 

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

2022

Fata Morgana, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

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

 

2021

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

 

2020             

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

 

2019 

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

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

 

2018                

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

 

2017                 

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

 

2016                 

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

 

2015                 

Civilization and Its Discontents, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA

Synecdoche, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA

 

2014                 

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

 

2013                 

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 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 

 

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 

 

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

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

 

2017                 

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

Press
Bibliography
Monographs, Publications and Exhibition Catalogs

2022

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.

 

2019

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.

 

2018

Hughes, Holly and Kate Zambreno. B. Ingrid Olson: Forehead and Brain. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox ArtGallery, 2018. Exhibition catalog.

 

2016

 

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

 

Selected Reviews and Texts

 

2022

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.

 

2018

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.

 

2017

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.

 

2016

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

 

2015

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

 

2022

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.

 

2021

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

 

2018

 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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