IAN INGRAM: MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS
Ian Ingram presents new paintings and his first three-dimensional works in an exhibition at Dimension Gallery in Austin, Texas.
The more Ian Ingram explores the intimacy of the self-portrait the more he finds within and beyond the self. A jungle wasp made its way into his Mexican studio in a converted shipping container. The fearless artist “battled the wasp and emerged victorious,” he boasts. “I picked up its body and saw that it was a magical jewel of black iridescence and had the same patterns I had found on my own skin. He was a brother.” The encounter inspired his painting Minotaur—half man, half beast.
Minotaur will be in the exhibition Five Skin Ten Skin at Dimension Gallery in Austin, Texas, November 15 through January 5. The exhibition presents his emergence from two-dimensional work into three-dimensional. He and his wife, Jeri Lynn, and their two children lived among the Huichol people in Sayulita, Mexico, for two years. “Their culture has a remarkable boundarylessness,” Ingram observes. “They call people ‘brother’ and ‘sister.’ They worship peyote as a deity. We put people in jail for that.” The Huichol may be our last connections to pre-Columbian cultural traditions.
“I find the boundary around me is changing,” he says. “My skin is not the boundary of me, but we have to behave as if we’re bound by it. Science has shown us that solid matter is 95 percent nothingness,” he continues, “that the ‘skin’ of an atom is a perimeter of irrationally bouncing electrons in the valence shell. Cells have a semipermeable membrane surrounding them, and organisms have an epidermis to regulate
1 Minotaur, oil on panel, 76 x 47" 2 Boarder, wood, copper and epoxy resin clay, 40 x 109 x 10"2