Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist who is interested in the human-made body's future as a willful entity and the nature of communication. He builds robotic objects that borrow facets from animal form and behavior, from the shapes and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals.
The resulting works--often intended to cohabitate and interact with the animals in their own places--explore our relationship with non-human animals, behavior and object performance as artistic media, and the interface between the built and the grown.
The work is playful, humorous even, but is cloaked in mock seriousness. Under the seriousness, is the humor. Under the humor is gravity. It is an open-faced sandwich built on aspirational profundity.
Ingram has exhibited internationally, including at the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, U.S.A); Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen, Denmark); the Museum of Modern Art (Toluca, Mexico); Yada Gallery (Nagoya, Japan); Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek, U.S.A); Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax, Canada); Purdue University (West Lafayette, U.S.A); Zone2Source (Amsterdam, Holland); Hasbro (Pawtucket, U.S.A); Popular Science Magazine; Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam, Netherlands); and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, U.K.). His work is in the collections of the Carnegie Science Center and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Ingram has a BS and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.