B. INGRID OLSON
B. Ingrid Olson was born in 1987 in Denver, and lives and works in Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Simone Subal Gallery, New York; and cura.basement, Rome. Her work was featured in a two-person exhibition KLEIN/OLSON, at The Renaissance Society in 2017 and her work has been included in the group exhibitions Being: New Photography 2018, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Lost Without Your Rhythm, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; and Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Olson has a forthcoming solo exhibition at i8 Gallery, Reykjavík in June 2019.
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 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, 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.