Document is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of B. Ingrid Olson, From her come a gang and a run.
The exhibition features a selection of works that exercise the boundaries of the pictorial plane, straddling the line between image and object. Olson often features herself as the subject of her photographs, which alternate between acting as fixed portraits and performative snapshots. She explores bodily and out of body experiences, distorting and masking her likeness using mirrors, manipulating lighting, and frequently rephotographing printed photographs. Olson’s studio space becomes another recurrent motif in her images, suggesting that she is not solely focused on testing the structure of self-portraiture, but on also imaging the process and performance of creating photographs. After the photographs are printed, translated to paper or board and made physical, they are combined with other photographs, drawings, and scraps of paper within a single frame. These seemingly provisional arrangements of physical images function like a run-on sentence, gathered together, layered and staggered, covering, revealing, building towards a fixed vantage point without ever reaching it.
B. Ingrid Olson (b. 1987) lives and works in Chicago. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her recent projects include a group exhibition at Simone Subal Gallery in New York City, and a portfolio of photographs featured in the Fall 2013 issue of CURA. magazine.