Ian Ingram is a Los Angeles-based artist who is interested in the manmade object's future as a willful entity and the nature of communication. He builds mechatronic and robotic systems that borrow facets from animal morphology and behavior, from the shapes and movements of machines, and from our stories about animals. These systems are often intended to cohabitate and interact with animals in the wild. 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 a open-faced sandwich built on aspirational profundity.
Ingram has exhibited his work internationally, including at the Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Modern Art of Toluca, Mexico; Art Chicago; the Yada Gallery in Nagoya, Japan; Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA; Purdue University; Hasbro; Popular Science Magazine; and Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; with a recent solo show at Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen. 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.